LFC Advent Calendar 12- Dani Pacheco
After coming through Barcelona’s La Masia academy and being regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football at the time, Liverpool stumped up £5 million to bring Dani Pacheco to Anfield.
The Spaniard was well thought of in Spain, and it showed a sign of intent from the club that they were looking to bring in some of the best young talent to the club. In the end, it didn’t exactly work out for him on Merseyside, and he became another of one of those wonderkids who never lived up to the hype around them.
In a 5 year period at the club Pacheco made a mere 17 appearances in Red. He also had a handful of loan spells including time at Norwich where he scored two goals and helped them secure promotion. He then went to Rayo Vallecano, followed by time at SD Huesca.
That would be his last year at the club before he then left on a free transfer to join Alcorcon. It was a shame that Pacheco that couldn’t do more at the club after being touted as one of the next stars of Spanish football. He now plies his trade with Malaga in the Spanish Second Division, at the age of 27.
Perhaps Pacheco’s story should serve as a warning to some and a reminder to others about the perils of building a player up too soon. More often than not it does the player no favours, and fans can get carried away with the idea of ‘the next big thing’ before they’ve even seen the lad kick a ball.
Patience and tempered expectations from the fans is probably the best way to go for fans. It’ll save ourselves from being let down, and allow the players to flourish in their own time.