Ansu Fati – Forward
Fati made his La Liga debut when he was just 16 years and 298 days old, and since that moment expectations have been through the roof.
Unfortunately, he’s had a spate of injuries which have derailed his career. A meniscus tear kept him out for almost a full calendar year, and a hamstring injury cost him three months.
Last year he managed to stay healthy and chipped in with 7 goals and 4 assists in 36 appearances, which is a great return for a player still so young.
The majority of his appearances came as a left winger, and Xavi tended to play a false winger on that side as the season progressed, limiting opportunities for Fati.
Often described in the media as a generational talent, it’s time for Fati to take the bull by the horns and show himself to be undroppable.
The first challenge is proving that he can stay healthy and his body can maintain its performance despite the rigours of playing on multiple fronts, then his dribbling skills and technical ability should do the rest.
I still believe that Fati will soon be regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, but first he needs to tie down a firm place in the starting XI. That starts with the pre-season tour of the USA.