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Barça loanee Trincão is following Sancho and Haaland as U21 top scorers in Europe

Javier Giorgetti

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Sporting Braga’s prospect and future Barça man Francisco Trincão is the third U21 player to have contributed to most goals in Europe this season, with 8 goals and 6 assists. Only Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Erling Håland are ahead of him.


On January 31, Barça made official the signing of Francisco Trincão for 31 million euros. Since then, the young Portuguese has increased his statistics in an effective way to shine among the other top prospects.

Barcelona’s loanee is among the top U21 scorers in Europe, only behind Erling Braut Håland and Jadon Sancho. Little by little the searchlights are pointing to Trincão.

The young Francisco is the third footballer under 21 who has combined the most goals (8) and assists (6) this season in the European leagues. Barça’s recent signing is only behind two talents from Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho and Erling Håland.

U–21 players with the most goals and assists

  1. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund: 34 (17 goals, 17 assists)
  2. Erling Håland – Borussia Dortmund: 16 (13 goals, 3 assists)
  3. Francisco Trincão – Sporting Braga: 14 (8 goals, 6 assists)
  4. Dejan Kulusevski – Parma: 14 (7 goals, 7 assists)
  5. Christoph Baumgartner – Hoffenheim: 11 (7 goals, 4 assists)
  6. Mason Greenwood – Manchester United: 10 (9 goals, 1 assist)
  7. Alexander Isak – Real Sociedad: 10 (9 goals, 1 assist)
  8. Take Kubo – Mallorca: 9 (4 goals, 5 assists)
  9. Ferran Torres – Valencia: 8 (4 goals, 4 assists)
  10. Josh Sargent – Werder Bremen: 8 (4 goals, 4 assists)

Trincão has surprised the football’s world with his recent performances, being a fundamental piece for Sporting Braga. Before he was announced as a new azulgrana player, the young prospect had barely contributed to three goals. Since the announcement of his next big step, he has been involved in a total of 11 goals, thus becoming one of the best prospects of his generation.

It should be remembered that Francisco Trincão will join Barça in the following season with the first team. At the moment, he will continue to concentrate with his current Portuguese team, where he still has to play three more games. A bright future ahead for the young attacker.

Source: Mundo Deportivo


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Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.

As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.

Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.

But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.

However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.

Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.

Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.

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