Martin Braithwaite had made good resolutions. Indeed, on January 7, 2022, the 30-year-old center-forward confessed on Twitter: “I’m looking at my goals for 2022. My little personal goal is: to score a hat-trick for FC Barcelona and the Danish national team. And why not several! Let’s go !” A few days later, the native of Esbjerg had the opportunity to achieve a first club goal.
Six months and 143 days after his serious knee injury contracted in August after only three appearances (2 goals), the former TFC player made his comeback to competition in the Blaugrana jersey. It was in the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao. Came into play 13 minutes, he could not prevent the defeat of his team (3-2). A smooth return for the striker who thought he would resume gently while having some playing time.
25 minutes played in 2022
Indeed, he believed that Xavi would count on him for the second part of the season, after their meeting organized in December. But the Spanish technician finally decided to bet on other offensive elements. Result: Braithwaite no longer plays. Or almost more. His coach only used him twice in 2022 (5 matches over the whole season). The first was therefore against Bilbao in January. The second was on March 13 against Osasuna (4-0 victory). Almost two months without playing between the two matches. Since then, nothing.
Despite this, the player born in 91 did not let go. He even hoped to have an opportunity to play a few minutes against Eintracht Frankfurt last night in the Europa League. With the injury of Memphis Depay and the absence of Luuk de Jong (sick), two players ahead of him in the attacking hierarchy, Braithwaite had something to play for, especially at the end of the game when the score was 1-1. But it was from the bench that he finally experienced this Europa League match. Xavi didn’t even give him a few crumbs. Another blow for him.
His place for the World Cup in danger
For Sport“Braithwaite is sentencedThe Catalan publication added: “questioned once questioned about him, Xavi assured that he was one more element and that he counted in the rotation. But yesterday we saw that no”. His fate is therefore definitively sealed. The player under contract until 2024 does not enter into the plans of Xavi and FC Barcelona. A departure is greatly desired this summer by the Culés, who want to make room to welcome a new attacker while recovering cash.
The sale of Martin Braithaite is therefore hoped for. Pushed towards the exit, the footballer will have to take his troubles patiently before embarking on a new challenge. He also hopes to have the opportunity to play again by the end of the season since he is still aiming to participate in the 2022 World Cup with Denmark, who are in France’s group. But the former TFC was not called during the rally in March, he whose last selection dates back to July 7, 2021 against England during the Euro. His place is therefore in danger. Difficult for Braithwaite who had imagined another year 2022…