Barcelona: More Carles Perez’s and less Boateng’s
Barcelona, who have historically always prioritised their academy over signings, sent a bad message to La Masia with the deal to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng in the January transfer window.
Pep Guardiola took a risk in putting his faith in Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodriguez from the B team and both ended up being crucial in the team’s eventual ‘sextuple’ success that very same season. Why don’t the club repeat this decision now and give playing time to Riqui Puig, Abel Ruiz or Carles Perez?
The latter has been knocking on the door of the first team for some time. He was the top scorer of the Barcelona team that won the 2017/18 UEFA Youth League with seven goals, and he finished the 2018/19 campaign as the Pichichi with nine goals.
Those performances earned him a debut in the senior team against Eibar on the last day of the 2018/19 LaLiga Santander season, but his best moment came with two goals against Vissel Kobe in the recent pre-season friendly.
An admirer of Neymar and an under-17 international with Spain, Perez‘s case is reminiscent of the aforementioned Pedro; he’s left-footed but usually plays on the right flank and he can combine dribbling skills with cutting inside at will.
That is an important factor in his goalscoring record; he must be given the chance to mix with the senior team. More Carles Perez‘s and less Boateng‘s.