Finding your way to a club like FC Barcelona is a dream of many around the world, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out like you want it to.
When that happens your value tends to drop and a move on loan is the natural next step. When you move on loan, there tend to be two outcomes.
You play so well that you return to your parent club and gain first-team football.
Or you play well enough that the club that signed you on loan wants to sign you permanently, but you haven’t played well enough for your parent club to fight it.
When you look at the career of Sergino Dest, it looks as though the second option may be the most likely.
FC Barcelona’s Dest finding his form while on loan at PSV
Dest’s performances in Holland for Ajax convinced Barcelona to sign the US men’s international player for €21 million, but his time at Barcelona has been very up and down.
Despite some promising moments, the young right-back has flattered to deceive, and it was clear that Xavi lost a lot of confidence in him over the pre-season.
Last year it was hoped that a loan move to AC Milan would revitalise his career, but his time in Italy was largely a waste, with Dest spending more time on the bench than on the pitch.
His goal was to secure the vacant RB position at Barcelona this summer, but while on tour in the USA, it became clear that his future lay away from Catalonia.
PSV came in and Dest had the opportunity to go back to where his career really kicked off, and so far he’s had a lot of success.
Although he’s yet to record a goal or assist, PSV’s style of play suits him down to the ground, and he’s had a number of good performances.
PSV do hold a €10 million option to sign Dest permanently next summer, and I think if that comes to pass it’ll be the best result for everyone.