Champions League Brazilian has played just 63 minutes for Zenit
Malcom‘s career seems to have hit a crossroads, first starting at the Camp Nou with Barcelona and now with Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The 22-year-old spurned Roma‘s advances to join Barcelona in the summer of 2018 from Bordeaux, but he struggled for game time in Catalonia, playing 24 games and scoring just four goals.
The arrival of Antoine Griezmann and the presence of Ousmane Dembele meant that Malcom‘s place in the squad was only going to diminish in the 2019/20 campaign, so Barcelona opted to sell him for 45 million euros to Zenit, who clearly still believed in the Brazilian’s potential.
More than two months after turning up in Russia, though, Malcom‘s situation at Zenit has caused both controversy and intrigue.
He has played just 63 minutes for Sergei Semak‘s side, split across two Russian Premier League matches, and he was not a starter in either.
Those two games, which came in the first week of August, coincided with a protest from Zenit‘s fans as they were opposed to the club signing another black footballer.
Both Malcom and Zenit stated their disapproval at the protest, but a hip injury in his second match has meant that he hasn’t played a minute since.
“I want to make history here,” Malcom said after the alleged racism episode.
The truth is that Malcom‘s nightmare that began at the Camp Nou has carried over into his first couple of months in Russia.