Gerardo Martino will not risk injuries to his team at this stage of the season without having backup players in his squad. This situation is precisely what the club went through last December, when the Barca coach had many injured and had no other option but to count on two reserve front men in the form of Dongou and Adama.
For this reason, Barcelona have already informed the player that there is no way that he can leave in January despite interest from clubs like Liverpool and Valencia. Tello made it clear some weeks back that he was unhappy with the amount of playing time he’s getting this season.
In the Barca squad, there are two fixed positions up front for Messi and Neymar. A third position has to be shared between Alexis , Pedro , Cesc and Tello, and it is blatantly obvious that the latter is the least counted on of the four. It’s a situation that has caused frustration and made Cristian Tello think about leaving the club.
The summer transfer market
During the summer transfer market, the story will be different. The club will consider the sale of Tello as they will have time to sign other players. In addition, we must take into account the situation of the players the club has out on loan. Gerard Deulofeu, who is currently loaned to Everton, could be added to the above list of four players vying for a position and Barca could either get him back or loan him out for another year.
Therefore Tello has it in his head that if he doesn’t get more playing time at the Blaugrana club, then he will seriously consider the possibility of leaving once this campaign has ended. He is not alone, because Pedro Rodriguez has also felt the same way. Pedro has played very little in the first months of the season compared to previous seasons and the man from Tenerife will make a decision at the end of the current campaign.