Ansu Fati in Barcelona squad
Barcelona have been dealt a massive boost in their preparations for the weekend tie against Levante as teenage sensation Ansu Fati has been named in the matchday squad.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 25, 2021
The 18-year-old was largely out of the side last season, netting four times in seven appearances, before a meniscus injury saw him ruled out for the season.
Working his way back, the Spaniard is thought to be given around 20 minutes this evening, which will be his first outing since taking on the famous no.10 shirt in the wake of Lionel Messi’s departure.
Ronaldinho ➡️ Messi ➡️ Fati
Barcelona’s new No. 10 has big shoes to fill ✨ pic.twitter.com/vfcNREv0PK
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 1, 2021
With such a big shadow to work his way out of at such a tender age, can Fati hit the ground running and remind everyone just why he is one of the most sought after teenagers in world football.
Koeman bullish about his future
While there may be bright sparks for the future in the Barcelona side, the present managerial role appears in the air.
There has been constant speculation so far this season about the future of Ronald Koeman, currently in charge at Barcelona, with Roberto Martinez and Xavi both linked with the job.
⚠️ Koeman sigue, de momento
✅ La directiva sigue confiando en el técnico holandéshttps://t.co/l6nDcKXFrg
— Diario SPORT (@sport) September 23, 2021
While reports continue to swirl, Koeman remained bullish about his future, saying:
“I can’t say anything about my replacement issue. I don’t go reading in press – I know the rumors and the only thing we can do is win games. I have to put energy into what I can control, nothing else”.
Xavi or Roberto Martinez to Barça? Ronald Koeman: “I can’t say anything about my replacement issue. I don’t go reading in press – I know the rumors and the only thing we can do is win games. I have to put energy into what I can control, nothing else”. #FCB @ReshadRahman_
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 25, 2021
Will Fati’s return help Koeman keep his job?
This article was edited by Josh Barker.