Yesterday, the Spanish U21 team won 2-0 against Belarus, with FC Barcelona men Denis Suárez, Munir El Haddadi, and Gerard Deulofeu all starting. One name was conspicuously absent: Sergi Samper. Óliver Torres, who has long been considered a similar talent to Samper, started and played the full 90. The difference between the two midfield maestros, however, is that Samper spent last weekend playing in Spain’s third division, while Torres started for Atlético Madrid against Sevilla. This is merely the latest in a series of troubling signs for the future of Barcelona’s most talented young midfielder.
Loan spells have often been FC Barcelona’s polite way of signaling the end of the road for its unneeded players. With the exception of Rafinha Alcântara, who had the advantage of playing under Luis Enrique’s guidance at Celta de Vigo, no player in recent history has managed to convince the club that he is worthy of a return following a loan spell. Young players have become victims of the immense success of La Masia’s golden generation, one that set the bar so high and thus, ironically, diminished the room for youth development as unfinished products turned into liabilities.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to totalBarça’s new series, ‘The Barça B Roundup’. Week 2 of the 2015/16 Segunda División B season was not the one Barcelona B would have wanted. The reserves returned to the Miniestadi for the first time since last season’s fateful match against Leganés, which sealed the team’s relegation from the Liga Adelante. For those hoping to see the start of new hope, the match against La Pobla de Mafumet was a disappointment. In this week’s edition, we shall be looking at why Gerard López is still in the hunt for his first Barça B win.
Barcelona B have turned a page this season, trying to make a new start in the Segunda B after last season’s disastrous performances in the Liga Adelante. We at totalBarça have decided to go along with the team and are pleased to present our new weekly ‘Barça B roundup’ series. In this week’s inaugural edition, we will look at Barcelona B’s not-so-wonderful debut in the Segunda División B, as well as this week’s news.
Barcelona B’s pre-season preparations are almost over. With just one friendly, tomorrow against Manlleu, left this summer for the reserves, new coach Gerard López now has his mind firmly fixed on next week’s curtain-raiser against Cornellà, a day that will mark the B team’s return to the Segunda División B after five seasons in the Liga Adelante. The pre-season has been an interesting one this year, with plenty of food for thought to go around.