Barcelona Loanee at Ajax
The Dutch club have signed Barça players in the past: Oleguer, Gabri García and Danny Muller.
So, it's not incomprehensible that Isaac Cuenca is at Ajax until the end of the season, especially when you factor in the Blaugrana buying Ajax players like Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, Richard Witschge, the De Boer brothers and Jari Litmanen.
Giving up a bright prospect like Cuenca—albeit temporarily—is an act of good will to Ajax—maybe. It's the start of a partnership where the Barça players that aren't starters are loaned out to Ajax.
In return, Barcelona hope to have access to Ajax players, who have the potential to don the Blaugrana shirt, a la Christian Eriksen, Viktor Fischer and the next generation of Ajax players.
Manager Frank de Boer, who played five seasons with the Catalonian club, may feel compelled to start Isaac.
If this is the case, it shows the club doesn't envision Derk Boerrigter, Jody Lukoki and Tobias Sana being long-term options.
Boerrigter is just an Eredivisie-standard player, nothing special.
Lukoki is pacey but has a habit of making wrong choices in front of the goal.
Sana scored three times and created a goal in his first three games but hasn't done much since.
Surely, there's some kid from Jong Ajax or the A1 setup that has raw potential...right?
If this isn't the case, then it reinforces the notion that Ajax's academy is living on past reputation.
For me, Feyenoord's academy is better than Ajax in recent memory (emphasis on the word recent, not saying historically).
Jordy Clasie (21), Tonny Vilhena (18), Bruno Martins Indi (20), Terence Kongolo (18) and Stefan de Vrij (21) are standouts.
Though I am bit hazy about De Vrij, but Clasie, Vilhena and BMI will be moving onto bigger and better things sooner rather than later.
If Kongolo can recover from his long-term injury, he could be a beast at the back.
The Varkenoord have also lost Kyle Ebecilio (18) to Arsenal, Nathan Aké (17) to Chelsea and Karim Rekik (18) to Manchester City.
Do you know which club Robin van Persie came from? Feyenoord.
Of the Dutch teenagers who dominated the 2011 U-17 Euros, six were with the Feyenoord academy.
UEFA.com's Golden Player Ebecilio was registered as a Gunner, but he's a Feyenoord boy, so technically it's seven Feyenoord talents compared to the two Ajax players (one was a backup keeper and the other a reserve forward).
Perhaps, Barcelona should start building a relationship with Feyenoord.