Paco Alcácer: 81 minutes, six goals and a Spain call-up
The former Barcelona and Valencia striker has found his feet in the Bundesliga, scoring every 14 minutes and earning a nod from Luis Enrique.
Paco Alcácer did not enjoy the greatest of fortunes after moving to Barcelona from Valencia in August 2016 but a loan move to Borussia Dortmund couldn’t have got off to a better start for the 25-year-old, who has scored six times in just 81 minutes for the Bundesliga side without even starting a game.
Alcácer missed two of Dortmund’s six games so far in the league through injury and did not get off the bench in the 7-0 drubbing of Nuremburg but has taken his opportunities in fine style when they have arrived. On his debut for Die Schwarzgelben he scored in a 23-minute cameo and in two subsequent appearances against Bayer Leverkusen and Augsburg he has added five, including a 31-minute hat-trick on Saturday against the latter.
From the Dortmund bench Alcácer has scored every 14 minutes this season in the Bundesliga and added one in his only Champions League appearance to date against Monaco.
Luis Enrique rewards Alcácer with Spain call-up
In Saturday’s match against Augsburg at the Westfalenstadion, Alcácer came off the bench with his side losing 1-0 and turned in a Jadon Sancho cross to level the scores. He then hammered home from a free-kick to level the scores again at 2-2 and with the sides locked at 3-3 in the 96th minute he sent a direct free-kick past Andreas Luthe to seal a 4-3 win.
A week earlier away at Leverkusen, Alcácer climbed off the bench with the scores level at 2-2 in the 63rd minute and scored in the 85th and 94th to secure another three points.
Luis Enrique had clearly been watching and called Alcácer up for the Spain national team even before his exhibition against Augsburg. If he features against Wales or England during the international break it will be his first cap since a friendly against Romania in March 2016.
Alcácer is also well on his way to smashing his previous best season, when he scored 13 league goals for Valencia in 2015-16 and is already almost halfway towards matching his entire tally for Barcelona over the subsequent two seasons of 15 in all competitions.
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