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FC Barcelona 2010/11 Season in Review: Jeffrén Suárez

MALAGA, SPAIN - MAY 21:  Jeffren Suarez of Barcelona in action during the La Liga match between Malaga and Barcelona at La Rosaleda Stadium on May 21, 2011 in Malaga, Spain. Barcelona won 3-1.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
MALAGA, SPAIN - MAY 21: Jeffren Suarez of Barcelona in action during the La Liga match between Malaga and Barcelona at La Rosaleda Stadium on May 21, 2011 in Malaga, Spain. Barcelona won 3-1. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Report: The 2010/11 season was a disappointing one for young Jeffren Suarez. He reported to Barcelona for training fit and ready to play football but he soon picked up his first injury. However, Jeffren recovered quickly and was ready enough to be on the bench for the first La Liga game. Days later he was again forced to the training room for recovery which lasted one month.

Finally fit to play football Jeffren was ready on the bench to hear his name called by Guardiola. It didn't happen very often that Jeffren would get a chance on the pitch but even when he did he mostly played the final five minutes. Even with that little time to make an impact Jeffren managed to bag a goal, the manita securing goal against Real Madrid no less.

Sadly he re-injured himself just two games later. With Jeffren struggling to remain healthy Guardiola and the front office were forced to make a move and bring in another player that can play on the wing. That player was Ibrahim Afellay and since then, even when healty, Jeffren struggled to even make the 18 man squad.

When the club season ended Jeffren was included in the Spanish U-21 team for the European Championship in Denmark. Jeffren started only one of the five games but he played a key role in Spain's comeback against Belarus that ensured Spain a place in the final where La Furia Roja beat Switzerland. Jeffren ended the tournament with a goal and an assist.

Moment of the season: Jeffren had such a frustrating season he deserves to have two videos in this section. The first video is from the famous Barcelona Real Madrid game from 29 November 2010 when Jeffren put the icing on the cake with a late goal. The second clip is from Jeffren's best international performance. It came in the semi-final of the U-21 European Championship against Balarus where Jeffren assisted on Spain's first goal and scored his team's third goal.

Jeffren Goal Against Real Madrid 5:0 Goals & Hightlights By Inferno131 (via Inferno131Cr7)

Spain vs Belarus 3-1 All Goals Highlights Euro U21 Championships Semifinal 2011 (via FootballFilmsHD)

Stats:

Appearances 13
Games started 6
Started on the bench 17
Substitute in 7
Substitute out 4
Minutes played 394
Goals scored 1
Assists 1
Shots 12
Shots on goal 6
Fouls committed 7
Fouls suffered 12
Yellow cards 0
Red cards 0

Record with Jeffren in the starting lineup: 4-1-1

2011/12 Outlook: Jeffren's future is still very much wrapped in clouds as there are numerous clubs that are vying for his services. Barcelona are willing to sell him but Jeffren doesn't want to leave Spain. The winger has been included in all preseason activities so there is a possibility he will stay in Barcelona but if he does he will have to make due with very little opportunities to prove himself as both the newly acquired Alexis Sanchez and the little less newly acquired Ibrahim Affelay are both ahead of him on the depth chart.

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