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Game-time woes for Suárez and Malcom, how long can this continue?

Suarez, 24, started out in the youth ranks of Celta Vigo before heading to City in 2011.
However, the Spanish playmaker failed to make a single Premier League appearance for
City, and was sold to Barça back in 2013, where he featured for our B team. He had a loan
spell with Sevilla before being sold to Villarreal, where his impressive displays earned him
a move back to Catalonia in 2016. In 2017, he played 1,130 minutes across 27 total
appearances. This campaign, he was recently injured, however, he now does train with the
first-team and does not appear to have had fallouts with any of his team-mates nor the
coach.

Unfortunately, we already know how the board are constantly trying to make profits and
completely commercialise our club for monetary gain, all of which did have a link with
Denis Suárez’ unfortunate situation in the squad.

It was reported in the distant past that the club were trying to avoid paying Manchester City
any more for Denis Suárez as they have already forked out £3.5million to the Premier
League leaders. Unsurprising, as the board is very capable of not playing a player in order
to reduce costs. And it is no wonder he was being frozen out as Catalan newspaper
SPORT claimed that a clause in Suarez’s initial Barça deal was placed which meant that
City would be paid €800,000 for every 10 appearances he makes for the first team.

We know Valverde did not play Denis Suárez as often last year, and with the way the
situation is going, it is unlikely Suárez will see too much playing time this year either. Since
the start of the 18/19 season, he has not made a single appearance in any of the last 12
matches out of which he was injured during the first 4 game-weeks. Across all the 12
games till date, he has only been included in the squad up to a total of 3 times.

Moreover, with the current signings and specially Arthur seeming to confirm his spot in the
Gala XI with each minute he plays, it does not look too positive for Denis.

Furthermore, it is also important to highlight that Malcom is in a similar situation, his lack of
playing time will not allow him to grow in terms of confidence. It is often tough to drop great
performances in a 20 minute appearance after sitting out several games. Continuity is key
for the majority of footballers – the reason we saw Paco leave and his current new-found
form is commendable, to say the least.

It’s true that the season is very long and we can only wait and see how this season
unfolds. However, the board – especially this summer – has made decent signings, but, if
we don’t end up using them, is it of any use?

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