Barca's youth eager to shine during transfer ban

2015-07-31 09:54
Luis Enrique. Photograph: Getty Images.
Luis Enrique. Photograph: Getty Images.

Barcelona - Barcelona's famed youth academy has taken a back seat to big-name signings in recent years but as a result of the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club, promising youngsters have been given a chance to shine in Luis Enrique's side.

During the pre-season tour of the U.S., at one point there were 10 homegrown youth players on the pitch against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Rafinha and 20-year-old Sergi Samper have looked sharp in midfield while Sandro Ramirez, also aged 20, has been a threat in attack and took his goal well in the Chelsea clash they lost on penalties.

Sergi Roberto, though, has been the most used player in warm-up matches and Luis Enrique praised his performance at right back.

With Barcelona serving a two-window transfer ban in 2015, set after they broke rules on signing under-age players, the club have focused their efforts on fast-tracking youth players to the senior squad in the absence of marquee signings.

"Sergi Roberto has done well and he has the ability to play in several positions," Luis Enrique told reporters after the Chelsea match.

"He is an option that we are going to use. He is a player that is strong and I am sure that he can give us a lot at fullback."

Over the last couple of seasons as players of the calibre of Neymar and Luis Suarez arrived at the Nou Camp, the Catalan side had depended less and less on their homegrown talent.

Lionel Messi was the only youth product in their lethal attacking trident that helped them win the treble last season.

Players such as Thiago Alcantara failed to find their way into the first team and he ended up at Bayern Munich with former Barca coach Pep Guardiola, who had previously relied heavily on the youth academy to bolster the club.

But with the FIFA transfer ban forcing Barcelona to look for new talent closer to home, the youth academy's graduates know that they may never get a better chance to make a quick impact among the club's big boys.

Read more on:    barcelona  |  la liga  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.