Barcelona loanee has come under criticism for lack of confidence

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Portuguese winger Francisco Trincao had come to FC Barcelona with relatively high hopes of success. Brought in for a reasonably high fee of €30 million from S.C. Braga, the player would end up not quite finding the right footing he needed to succeed within the dynamics of La Blaugrana.

Since then, the player had to be given a loan move to help him improve and be tested in different waters before ultimately returning to FC Barcelona. Initially, the player found his way to the English side Wolverhampton Wanderers for a season-long loan. While not exactly a bad stint with the club, the fact that Wolves did not end up cashing in on the player with their option to buy should speak volumes for itself.

Upon his return to FC Barcelona, the player was promptly loaned out yet again. This time, however, he returned to familiar roots. Now on a season-long loan at Sporting CP in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Having scored 7 goals and provided 3 seasons thus far, the player is enjoying a relatively solid season but continues to attract criticism and certain doubts.

While reports suggest Sporting would be obliged to exercise the purchase option and retain the services of the Portuguese winger if they avoid relegation from the top Portuguese league. However, there exist certain critiques of the player coming from both media and staff connected with the club itself as per the reports from SPORT.

Former Sporting CP Psychologist and current managing and networking partner at multiple organizations, Ricardo Gomes, himself states regarding Francisco Trincao, “Every time he comes in he wants to show and just the opposite happens to him. He gets tense, stress increases and his performance worsens. He likes to go one-on-one, and shoot. It’s very important for him to score goals, but there has to be confidence to shoot from distance.”

Moreover, while the player maintains the trust and belief of his coach and staff around the manager, they expect the player to find even improved form and figure himself out to an extent where he can become indispensable for the team and their ongoing objectives, one such being to acquire a standing amongst the UEFA Champions League positions come the end of the season in Portugal.

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