Malcom: Barcelona should be grateful Arsenal didn’t take him loan as he could be key in their end of season


Malcom: Barcelona should be grateful Arsenal didn’t take him loan as he could be key in their end of season

It’s no secret that Arsenal and others have been keeping tabs on Malcom as he struggles to establish a spot at the Camp Nou this season, but getting rid of the summer signing would be rash.

Nothing about Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira’s nine months at FC Barcelona has been normal – even the way he was signed.

Malcom joined Barcelona for £37m in 2018 when it appeared he was heading to Roma

The Sao Paulo native was on his way to Roma from Bordeaux for his medical last July, hundreds of fans gathering at their sporting complex to greet the new signing.

Even his mother flew to the Italian capital, only for Barcelona to come steamrolling in at the last possible second with an offer the Ligue 1 side and the player couldn’t refuse.

The time since has been similarly unpredictable. Despite costing €41m, the Brazilian has played a miniscule amount of football this season. Yet taking a closer look at the details of the little he has featured reveals concentrated bursts of impressive quality.

Malcom has played little this season, but contributed a lot

There was a late equaliser in a key group stage game away to Inter, an equaliser in El Clasico, and a game-changing second-half appearance with an assist in last weekend’s Barcelona derby.

Most 22-year-olds would bite your hand off if offered that kind of impact over only six starts, particularly at a place as notoriously tricky to adapt to as the Camp Nou.