Ronald Koeman continues to take advantage of the Barça preseason to give opportunities to young talents so that they can earn a place in the first team in the future. Last season he fell in love with the quality of Pedri, did not hesitate to bet on Araujo Y Mingueza, He trusted several parties in Trincao and ended up giving much prominence to Ilaix.
This time, the coach is delighted with the kids, as he has declared after the two friendlies, but there are four players who have especially surprised him so far this year. In addition to Yusuf demir, as MD already said, the technician assesses the progress of Nico Gonzalez, Alexander balde and the juvenile Gavi.
Bucket wins integers as Alba’s relay
Barça faced the start of the market with the idea of finding an experienced left-back who could be a competition for Jordi Alba. The economic situation of the club is so complicated that no player can be incorporated except with transfers and exchanges, which opens the door to the players of the subsidiary. The clearest case is that of Alexander balde, who after his good performances in the last games could remain as a relief of Sunrise. Sergiño Dest It would be another option to occupy the left back if necessary, but the 17-year-old squad, who must improve aspects in defense, likes it for his self-confidence and arrival in attack, so he wins whole despite the fact that he will keep a record of the subsidiary so as not to lose rhythm of competition as long as it does not enter the calls for Koeman.
As MD explained, Ronald held him in high regard, but preferred not to burden him with responsibility at such a young age. However, once renewed until 2024, the full-back has been a starter in both summer matches. In both, Bucket convinced the technician.
Nico will be in first team dynamics
Another club bet that has been renewed is Nico González, a footballer who has already surprised Koeman last season and that continues to dazzle the coach. Modern player, total midfielder, he considers him a future replacement for Busquets. The young player is exponentially burned stages and Koeman and the sports management want him in first-team dynamics, even more so if he does not follow Ilaix Moriba. Although they occupy different positions (Nico is more of a midfielder and Ilaix plays inside), the large number of matches can make the presence of the 19-year-old Galician very useful, who has not stopped growing soccer with a privileged brain in the organization of the game. Their physical conditions have also increased in the last year, something that the club has congratulated on being able to assume the responsibility of occupying a very demanding demarcation. Koeman He already started it against Girona.
Yusuf Demir, a lot of potential and homeless
The bet for Yusuf demir is clear. Barça had been following him for practically a year and they took the Austrian pearl that other greats in Europe also wanted. And the 18-year-old boy has not disappointed in his start to the preseason. Koeman He had already seen some videos, but in ‘petit committee’ he admits that he is pleasantly surprised with the quality shown by the attacking midfielder who has just turned 18 and is now a full international with Austria.
In training he has not only amazed the coaching staff, but also his teammates. And in the preseason games played so far – in both he has started – he has got on very well with the rest of the players and has shown that he drinks from the same style of football. That is why they do not want to put a ceiling on it. Although he will have a filial file, his presence in the first team is open and will depend on his performances.
If everything continues like this, Barça will pay the purchase option. And they believe that in the long run it can be cheap.
Gavi, the controlled juvenile for the medium term
Pablo Páez Gavira, better known footballingly as Gavi And only 16 years old, he is one of the great hopes of the Blaugrana quarry, where he landed in the summer of 2015. For now, last season he already stuck his head in the subsidiary, where he will play this course despite his youth: it is junior second year.
The Dutch coach gave him the opportunity in the second half both against Nàstic de Tarragona, where he revolutionized the Blaugrana game, and against Girona, where he returned to offer a great performance. The attacking midfielder did not disappoint. He showed his ability to understand and control the game as a left inside and he looked confident and with personality.
His evolution is unexpected, but today at the Blaugrana club they are cautious and do not want to run more than necessary. The aim is for him to be an important piece at Barça B, where he will face his first season as a subsidiary player. Of course, they will follow him closely and he will stick his head out in the first team’s training sessions.