Ansu Fati broke a 95-year record this week, at the start of the season when he could arguably be the key man in Barcelona’s side…
It might say good or bad things about Barcelona that their key player is arguably a 17-year-old with barely a season of top level football to his name.
But when that 17-year-old is Ansu Fati, it’s a little more understandable.
Fati broke a 95-year record this week when he became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer, at 17 years and 311 days old when he bagged in their 4-0 win over Ukraine.
“He became the youngest ever scorer with the Spanish national side,” said Alvaro Romeo on this week’s European edition of The Totally Football Show, “and not only that – he’s also the youngest ever scorer in the Champions League.
“This guy is definitely something. At this young age he’s capable of deciding games, and this is very refreshing in Spanish football. He’s a player who can help Spain make a leap forwards.”
And Barcelona too. Indeed, Alvaro argued on the show this week that Fati could be the crucial player in getting the best from an ageing and disgruntled Lionel Messi.
“Ideally, if Messi can understand that playing alongside Fati, or Ousmane Dembele, or Memphis Depay if he comes to Barcelona, he can find a ‘third youth’ playing with these players who do the running for him, and he becomes a ‘passer’ as he wanted to be last season.
“Maybe this can be a rejuvenating experience for Messi. Fati has shown he can be that player to who Messi can delegate some dribbling responsibility that Messi had last season on his own.”
He’s also the sort of player that the ever-powerful and ever-demanding Barcelona fans will appreciate in the team.
“If Memphis and Gini Wijnaldum come Barcelona will be a team that resembles Ronald Koeman’s idea, but maybe not what the Barcelona purists want – which is for Thiago Alcantara to come back and for young players to come in, like Fati, Pedri and Riqui Puig.
“It’s a difficult job for Koeman and it’s to be seen whether he does a proper revolution, or whether it’s an evolution of Barcelona.”
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