The Best of Barcelona youth players who could become Barcelona starters
Here are the ten young players with ties to Barcelona with the best chances of finding a future role as a starter in the first team.
Trying to find the next global superstars is a favourite activity of both clubs and fans alike. There is no exact science on how to find the newest generation of Champions League winners, but that doesn’t stop every club with a hefty payroll in sending their scouts throughout the world to look for the next Lionel Messi.
As Sergi Roberto proved, sometimes a player just needs to be persistent to carve out a role in the first team. While pundits didn’t have many nice things to say about the youngsters who featured in the recent Champions League draw against Bayer Leverkusen, Sergi Samper was easily the best of them.
The 20-year-old has greatly improved his defensive play of late, and the next step in his development will be the most important. Barcelona B doesn’t look to be getting out of the third division any time soon, so a change of scenery may be best for the young midfielder before he reintegrates himself back into the Barcelona setup.
The final group of potential starters all still plies their trade in La Masia, with Juvenil A’s Carles Alena at the top of the list. Much like Munir El Haddadi before him, a golazo in the UEFA Youth League helped put him on the radar of Cules.
Carles’ call-ups for Barcelona B show that he may be better than some of the current options at that level, and the U-19 Spanish international with tricky feet is just getting started. He is still only 17 years old, so he may still be a good few years away from the first team, but fans may want to start tracking his progress as Barcelona have found another midfield gem
The 17-year-old South Korean forward, who turns 18 in less than a month, was the biggest name to be affected by the FIFA transfer ban. After scoring large numbers of goals in every youth level, he found himself promoted to Barcelona B, but unable to play.
The likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid reportedly tried to pry him away from the Camp Nou, but he instead went to train with South Korean club Suwon FC until he could return to the fold. The expectations for him are already through the roof, but with a little patience, he could be the cheapest option for Barcelona in even a year or two when they are in need of extra goal-scoring.
4. Kun Temenuzkov
While only 15 years of age, Bulgarian forward Kun Temenuzkov is one that the Barcelona front office would like to keep around Catalonia. He was rewarded for two goals in an important Cadet A match with a contract extension to keep him at La Masia for the near future.
Barcelona and Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov will naturally be the comparison that follows this youngster around, but only time will tell if he will have the same difficulties that recent young Barcelona forwards have had trying to make it at the Camp Nou. Like any youth player, patience may be the best thing that Cules can give him.
Cameroonian midfielder Wilfrid Kaptoum made three appearances for Barca’s first team last season—two in the Copa del Rey, scoring against Valencia to rescue a draw in the second, and one in the UEFA Champions League. Not a bad start to life with the seniors. Not as composed or relentlessly accurate in possession as other midfielders who have graduated through La Masia perhaps, 19-year-old Kaptoum nonetheless brings traits to the central battle that can be overlooked at times: a rangy stride that can exploit space after turnovers, a willing aerial presence despite his stature and a quick change of direction in a dribble that sees him move away from defenders.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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