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Ibrahim Afellay was one of a handful of first-teamers to endure the briefest of cameos in 2013/14.
A small handful of players barely registered on the roster at Camp Nou during the 2013/14 La Liga season.
Ibrahim Afellay must feel the most hard done by. Per Football Oranje, back in January when rumours were rife that the Dutchman might be loaned or sold, Tata Martino was unequivocal when he said: “He’s a quality player. I rely entirely on him for the rest of the season.”
And then promptly played him for only three minutes in a solitary substitute appearance against Malaga.
Just a week before, Jean Marie Dongou had his six minutes against Levante. Not such a productive season for one of the most promising La Masia graduates.
Seven minutes for Barcelona against Granada in November was probably not what Adama Traore expected when drafted into first-team contention either, but Martino has been fairly consistent in his team selections.
Before being struck down with a serious cruciate ligament injury in October, Jonathan dos Santos was full of optimism for the season ahead, despite only playing a total of 16 minutes over three substitute appearances.
Sergi Roberto at least managed one start amongst his 16 substitute appearances, and Cristian Tello had two starts and 20 sub appearances.
The latter two especially have been in and around the first-team picture for some while now and you feel it is now or never for them to have genuine aspirations of a regular starting berth in the side.