Alcacer won’t ‘give up’

Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer insists his confidence has not been dented by failing to score in his first ten games for the club since his summer move from Valencia.

The Catalans splashed out an initial €30m for the 23-year-old striker in August – with Munir El Haddadi going the other way – but he has so far failed to find the net despite starting five games for his new side.

"There are a lot of people that want me to get the first [goal] and then kick on and I'm the first person who wants to score," Alcacer insisted after Wednesday’s draw with lower league side Hercules.

"I'm not going to give up just because the ball has not gone in yet. I have to keep a cool head and keep trying.

"It is not an overwhelming situation. I have to look at what my manager and the club are saying. I have to isolate myself from what the journalists are saying because they say good and bad things and things can get in your head which aren't true either way.

"I am getting chances to play and to score, but luck is not by my side. Some teammates are even more keen for me to score my first goal than I am, so I hope my luck changes soon."

The striker is likely to miss out on a starting place for Barca in their El Clasico clash on Saturday, but could make an appearance from the bench.

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