Every week at totalBarca, we bring you results of the top seven youth sides of La Masia: the Juvenil A, Juvenil B, Cadet A, Cadet B, Infantil A, Infantil B and Alevin A sides. We also name the Man of the Match (MOM) performer for each category.
Juvenile Division Of Honor (Juvenil A):
Cornella 1-2 FC Barcelona
Goals: Cristian Herrera (18), Alain Richard Ebwelle (17)
MOM: Alain Richard Ebwelle, a player who appeared to have stalled in his progression last season. Ebwelle’s return to the limelight this season has been nothing short of a delight to watch. He scored his 7th goal of the season to help his side to yet another victory and became the top scorer of this Juvenil A team, overtaking Sandro Ramirez (6 goals).
Liga Nacional Juvenil (Juvenil B):
FC Barcelona 6-0 Farners
Goals: Munir El Haddadi (17) 3, Sergio Buenacasa (16) 2, Adria Arjona (16) 1.
MOM: Munir el Haddadi, often referred to as the Di Maria of La Masia, is quick, jinky and fleet footed. Although unlike Di Maria, Munir was a number nine until recently when he was switched to a right forward role by the coaching staff. He added three more goals to his name at the weekend, one of them a superb curling finish from the edge of the area.
Honor Cadet Division (Cadet A):
FC Barcelona 4-0 Damm
Goals: Sergi Canos (15) 2, Marc Rio (15), Ferran Sarsanedas (15)
MOM: Josimar Quintero, it was a tough choice between the classy Sergi Canos and Josi, but the Ecuadorian youngster has been so good at right back lately, I felt he deserved some recognition for those amazing performances. A playmaker by nature, Josi’s transformation to a swashbuckling full back has been nothing short of spectacular and if he can keep this up, Montoya might have a hard time maintaining his spot in the Barcelona starting eleven come a few more years.
Preferred League Cadet (Cadet B):
La Floresta 1-4 FC Barcelona
Goals: Dani Olmo (14) 2, Edgar Pocurull (14), Micheli o.g
MOM: Dani Olmo, traditionally a number nine player, has been moved to a wide forward role since the arrival of Korean starlet Lee Seung Woo to La Masia. He was asked to return to his old position at the weekend in the absence of the Korean wonder, and demonstrated that he hasn’t lost his goal scoring instincts one bit by scoring two off the bench, and helping his team to a 4-1 away win.
Honor Infantil Division (Infantil A)
Mercantil 1-2 FC Barcelona
Goals: Oriol Busquets (13), Luis Mangas (13)
MOM: Oriol Busquets, scored his 8th goal in 7 games at the weekend from a midfield pivot role. Oriol Busquets (no relation to Sergio Busquets or Oriol Romeu) is a player with tremendous physical conditions, a great engine, and a fierce shot from distance. A true leader of this Infantil A side, he has rightly been handed the captain’s armband. There are rumours emerging in the British media linking him with a move to Man City, with former Barca sporting director and Man City director Txiki Begiristan reportedly keen on taking him to Manchester. From what I know of Oriol, Txiki is about to receive the same reply Arsene Wenger got from Sergi Samper two summers ago.
Preferred League Infantil (Infantil B)
FC Barcelona 3-0 Atletico Segre
Goals: Imad el Kabbou (12) 2, Labinot Kabashi (12)
MOM: Imad el Kabbou, tall, tricky, fast, fearless – the young Brazilian has got all the major attributes a modern day winger needs and then some more. You’ll be hearing a lot more of him in the coming years.
Liga Primera Division Alevin (Alevin A)
Jabac Terrassa 0-10 FC Barcelona
Goals: Takefusa Kubo (11) 5, Aria Altimira (11) 3, Guillermo Amor Jr. (11) 2
MOM: Takefusa Kubo, what is left to say about this little phenom? 21 goals in 6 games so far this season. I do not know if he can maintain ‘this’ level of domination as he gets older, but at the Alevin level – Take is one of the best talents I’ve ever seen, if not the best.
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