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Youngsters from Barcelona’s first team – ranked

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Is La Masia finally back?

After years of neglecting the academy in favor of misguided purchases, Barcelona seem to have finally started to turn their attention to what is widely accepted as one of the greatest factories of talent in world football, and they have one left. handful of young players who seem capable of taking over the world one day.

Let’s take a closer look.

Konrad De La Fuente
De la Fuente still spends time with the reserves | Quality sports images / Getty Images

Miami-born winger Konrad de la Fuente may have the coolest name of any youngster on the first team, but he also has the most to do to establish himself.

He’s a pacy winger who likes to dribble into the box, but a trait he also has is a bit of recklessness in the final third. This isn’t a major problem for a 19-year-old, but when other people his age have already figured it out, there is a lot of pressure for De la Fuente to rectify this problem quickly.

There are a lot of young wingers ahead of him in the pecking order, so it’s hard to see De la Fuente rise through the ranks anytime soon.

Ilaix Moriba
Moriba’s potential is frightening | Alex Caparros / Getty Images

Ilaix Moriba has been in the headlines for most of his career and has just turned 18.

Putting the technical and powerful midfielder so low on this list seems wrong, but he’s there because he’s still just a potential. Moriba has made fun of youth football but has yet to receive the keys to the senior realm, so it’s hard to judge its true quality.

There is reason to believe he could become the club’s best young player, but Moriba wouldn’t be the first player to fail to live up to that bill, and he wouldn’t be the last either.

Inaki Pena
Pena is a regular on the team | Quality sports images / Getty Images

Promoted third-choice goalkeeper in 2018, Inaki Pena has been a regular part of Barcelona’s substitute bench ever since.

With a perfect sweeper style for Barcelona, ​​Pena rose through the ranks and gained decent confidence, but not enough for him to actually have an impact on the seniors.

Concerns about her one-on-one stops have previously been touted as a reason for her lack of a role, but her limited sample size makes it difficult to comment on Pena for now.

Sergino Dest
Dest has plenty of room to grow | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

An exciting and versatile full-back, Sergino Dest’s stay at Barcelona has raised more questions than answers.

Having convinced only a portion of Ajax’s fanbase that it was worth staying, concerns about his defensive capacity proving too strong to be ignored.

That said, Dest is an exhilarating striker, and he’s following in Dani Alves’ footsteps at Barcelona, ​​but the days when full-backs can escape without too much defense are over.

Oscar Mingueza
Mingueza’s development was a pleasant surprise | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

One of four players to ever start as an Under-7 and join the first team, the form of center-back Oscar Mingueza has been vital for Barcelona this season.

The 21-year-old surprised the senior side with how comfortable he was on the big stage, and his form convinced Barca officials not to panic – signing a new defender in January.

Vocal and dominant defender, Mingueza has been a breath of fresh air at Camp Nou, and he has already been touted as a long-term part of Barcelona’s defense.

Francisco Trincao
Trincao has been warned for big things | Quality sports images / Getty Images

Pressed to “define a decade” by Braga president Antonio Salvador (via AS) during his € 31 million transfer to Barcelona, ​​Francisco Trincao was excellent during his stay in Portugal.

He’s the kind of goal and assist machine that keeps De la Fuente from staying on the sidelines, and while we haven’t yet seen him make big numbers in Spain, his quality is evident.

Whether he will continue to be the best player of his generation is up for debate, but to ignore his extremely high potential would be foolish.

Ronald araujo
Araujo is a regular starter | Alex Caparros / Getty Images

When Barcelona discuss their top center-backs, Ronald Araujo’s name isn’t even last on the list. He is better seen than Samuel Umtiti and the club are set to keep him in their plans for the foreseeable future.

Featured as Gerard Pique’s heir to the throne at the club, Araujo has grown steadily since his promotion to the squad in 2019/20, impressing with his no-nonsense defensive style.

Separating Araujo and Mingueza is difficult, but the former’s additional experience in the first team just gives him the edge.

Riqui puig
Puig is a gifted passer | Quality sports images / Getty Images

A poster of recent La Masia struggles, Riqui Puig looks like he’s finally close to a long-awaited breakthrough.

A terribly gifted passer, Puig is a midfielder built in the mold of Xavi or an older Andres Iniesta. He has long been considered one of the most naturally gifted players to come out of the academy in a long time.

Puig’s lack of minutes has left many Barcelona fans enraged for years, and he’s just waiting for the right time to explode into the senior scene.

Pedro Gonzalez Lopez 'Pedri'
Pedri looks like a superstar in the making | Quality sports images / Getty Images

Shortly after a 16-year-old Pedri made his Las Palmas debut, Barca struck a € 5million deal to bring him to Camp Nou, and that fee already looks like a ridiculous deal.

Still 18, Pedri now has a place in Barcelona’s starting lineup due to his bizarre creativity and ability to bond with players. He’s improving Barcelona, ​​and he’s still a teenager.

You don’t often see players his age with the kind of intelligence that Pedri brings to the game. He’s really a generational talent, and he only costs 5 million euros.

Ansu fati
Fati is an exceptional talent | Eric Alonso / Getty Images

First brought in to catch up with the numbers during an injury crisis, Ansu Fati quickly made sure he was at the top of the pecking order at Camp Nou.

What makes Fati so special is that he makes you forget his age. He may only be 18, but the Spaniard has been playing like a player who has been in senior football for over a decade. He just gets he.

Fati has made fun of defenders since joining the first team, and that can go on for a long time.

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