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IS BARCELONA ‘B’ READY TO FILL THE BAN GAP?

IS BARCELONA ‘B’ READY TO FILL THE BAN GAP?

ESINU PADMORE GBEVOR . Posted in Europe No Comments

Barcelona is well known globally for churning out excellent youngsters out of their wonderful academy with the likes of Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pedro, Fabregas, Valdes, Alcantara, Pique, Montoya, Sergi Roberto etc., all being products of this great of not the greatest soccer academy in the world.

But with the ban imposed on Barcelona by FIFA and strongly upheld by CAS, for Barcelona not to be able to buy players for two consecutive transfer windows, how are they going to cope with this considering the dwindling fortunes of the club in recent years.

Barcelona were smart enough to take advantage of the appeal time to make some transfers during the summer to augment their squad for the season but it has not proven enough to meet the standard of which Barcelona was once known and the club still suffers from such currently. The fast swoop of Louis Suarez, Jeremy Mathieu, Douglas, Thomas Vermalen, Halilovic, Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, was evidence enough to prove how the team was struggling.

The big question now is, how is Barcelona going to cope as they can’t sign anymore until 2016? Well, when you ask me, they would be relying on the ‘B’ team to fill the void which would be created before the ban time elapses. Would they be able to keep up with the title chase whiles relying on such players whiles their rivals, Real Madrid would be bidding for the top notch players like Rahim Sterling and the rest? Barcelona B has been of great help to the team and they have exciting players who can bring something into the team and even make a sensational impact in the team when given the chance. Luiz Enrique has a tough job to blend some of these young talents with the old folks to still keep Barcelona competitive on every front of any competition as expected by their standards.

As much as the management of the team can criticize the decision made by FIFA on their way of recruiting young players into the team, there remains a strong case that there were some unsporting dealings in recruiting these youngsters though they may argue that there are some wrangling’s between the FIFA laws and that of the LLFP.

La Masia players like Edgar le, Grimaldo, Sergi Samper, Patric, Munir El Haddadi, Jean Marie Doungou, Sandro, Alen Halilovic, Adama Traore, etc., all need to step up their games within the shortest possible time to make up for the lapses that may occur in the near future. Somewhere in there seems to be a glimpse of hope for the team as the possible arrival of loan players like Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez from Sevilla, while Cristian Tello will be back from his loan spell at Porto in the summer along with Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay who is currently at Olympiacos.

“I’m optimistic on one hand, our youth system boasts sufficient guarantees to be able to cover the first team. And on the other, you have to take into consideration the new players that came in last summer, in view of what was going on. Together, they will allow us to compete in all of the competitions we are taking part in until the ban comes to an end.”

Said Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Let’s hope this speech will spur the team on to greater heights. Mes que un club

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ESINU PADMORE GBEVOR

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