Newly appointed Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has vowed to give youth players a chance to impress, as he begins looking at his inherited squad after recently signing a two-year deal to replace Gerado Martino.
After speaking to a wide variety of sporting media over the past few days, Enrique has outlined his intentions to give returning loanees Alcantara and Deulofeu (who have spent this season at both Celta Vigo and Everton respectively) as well as those at Barcelona’s B team, the opportunity to force their way into his first team plans.
Enrique has been running the rule over Alcantara as manager of Celta Vigo this season, so would have had the opportunity first hand to monitor his progress and judge how he could be deployed into his Barcelona team. Meanwhile, as for Deulofeu, he especially impressed Everton fans with his trickery and passing ability (that no doubt has been drilled into him through Barcelona’s academy), that will have left them craving more of him moving into the summer transfer window. It is precisely this positive impression however, that Enrique will have been impressed with and believe he is due a chance to shine in La Liga with Barcelona next season.
Looking at the current Barcelona squad, it is already dominated by it’s own academy graduates. The more established greats such as Valdes, Pique, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas and Messi; as well as more recently Busquets, Dos Santos, Bartra and Tello; it could be well be seen that Enrique is promising to continue in a philosophy that has a proven record in bringing Barcelona success by keeping the core of their team their own flesh and blood. Could Alcantara and Deulofeu join these names as successes next season under Luis Enrique, himself an ex-Barcelona player?
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