Not a lot of club’s can boast of graduating and seamlessly upgrading their youth players into the first team; but Barca can.
In a season where there have been many negatives than positives, 2021 is turning out to be a very good year for the Catalan giants. In the beginning of the season, all was gloomy and seemingly vague at all corners with respect to the future of FC Barcelona after they were battered in Europe. However, at the moment, FC Barcelona have a lot of things to be cheerful for this season.
The season has seen an influx of youth players from the Barca B team, and unlike a couple of years back, the prospects are real. This season alone has seen opportunities granted to Mingueza and Araujo who grabbed it with both hands and never looked back. Today, leaving either of the two youngsters in the bench when they’re both fit is something the coach will seriously think about.
Last season, Ansu Fati was the revelation. Save for the long injury spell, he would have continued his scintillating form which followed his breakthrough to the first team and consistent call up by Spain’s national team. How about Pedri and Puig? Although Pedri was recently signed, his perfect symmetry and Iniesta-esque football with the first team is one of Barca’s season often talked about topic and season highlight.
As the season progressed, Ilaix Moriba is turning out to be another season revelation. Last week, he gave Messi a wonderful assist against Sevilla and the Argentine never looked back as he converted the goal.
Yesterday, Messi repaid the youngster in kind with an assist of his own. After receiving the ball from Messi, Ilaix cuts the ball to his left and drives a powerful shot with his left which the keeper couldn’t do much about.
His celebration and grabbing of his head with both hands in disbelief afterwards said it all. Yes, it was also his first official goal for FC Barcelona senior team. I guess you can see why it meant a lot more to the young lad.