Getafe striker Angel Rodriguez is emphatically announced for FC Barcelona. As the two teams meet this Saturday at 4 p.m., how did this 32-year-old player who knew more about the 2nd Spanish division than the Champions League come to the gates of one of the biggest clubs in the world ?
Football is teasing, and reveals many surprises. Angel Rodriguez, a Getafe striker, has been insisted for several days on the side of FC Barcelona as a medical joker after Ousmane Dembélé's injury. He could also sign on Saturday, as soon as the league has officially authorized Barça to recruit a joker. However, the Spaniard is far from having the usual profile of Barcelona recruits: at 32, he especially knew the bottom of the La Liga classification, even the second division, he has only a few European Cup matches in his assets, has only one national selection in the U19 team … Not really the kind of players, therefore, that we expect to see landed in a club that saw the biggest scorers go from Henry to Rivaldo.
Certainly the Catalan leaders are not really spoiled for choice, since they can only draw from the pool of players playing in Spain, and it is hard to imagine Atletico or Real releasing their best offensive elements to help Barcelona. Certainly also, they are looking above all for a player allowing them to finish the season at best, before Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembélé (hopefully) return to form at the end of the season, and Barcelona does not recruit heavy in the summer transfer window.
But the Blaugranas certainly do not do in social, and for three seasons, Rodriguez has won at Getafe, to the point of becoming the fourth top scorer in the history of the club with 39 goals. A statistic that commands respect for a player trained in Tenerife in the Spanish second division, who went through the Real Madrid reserve, Osasuna, Elche, Levante, then Zaragoza before landing in the suburbs of Madrid, each time free. In 2017, Rodriguez even saw his contract not be renewed by Zaragoza, after he said he preferred losing to Tenerife in the last match of the season, when the fate of his team for the end of the season was already fixed . His feelings for the early team will have cost him his place.
Rodriguez has 9 league goals this year and he's no stranger to Getafe’s recent excellent results, surprising 3e from Liga and qualified for the 16e Europa League finals, after already having had a very good 2018-2019 season and having qualified the Azulones in the European Cup for the first time since 2009. Enough to dream by attacking (a priori substitution) at FC Barcelona and knowing, why not, its first minutes in the Champions League, at 32 years old. Unless the attacker stays and simply sends his club into the group stage of C1 at the end of the season.