Barcelona’s Rafa Alcantara has been rewarded with his performances for Celta Vigo by being named La Liga’s February Player of the Month.
The 21-year-old helped Celta go undefeated in February with two draws and a win which has helped them climb to 11th in the table.
The fact that Alcantara won the award ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa speaks volumes for just how much talent he has.
Earlier this week, the Spanish press reported that Manchester United were willing to pay Alcantara’s €30 million release clause which has led to speculation we will go in for Thiago Alcantara’s brother in the summer. If we did, we’d certainly be hoping for a better outcome than Thiago.
Barcelona shrewdly got Rafa to sign a new contract in the summer meaning he is tied to the Spanish side until at least 2016 and it allowed them to place the €30 million release clause in his contract.
Given the calibre of opposition and the fact he is only at Celta Vigo on loan, his achievement to be named Player of the Month is impressive. Talented midfielders are two to a penny in Spain but Rafa is considered one of La Liga’s brightest prospects.
David Moyes and Ed Woodward tried their utmost to sign a midfielder from La Liga last summer but failed. By the looks of things, they might be adopting a similar strategy this summer.