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Barcelona staff believe 21-year-old loanee would be a great reinforcement on the left wing



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As Barcelona begin chalking out their plans for the summer transfer window, the club will also have to consider what they will do with the players who are currently away on loan this season.

And, according to Javi Miguel of AS, Abde Ezzalzouli is the only Barcelona loanee who will be a part of Xavi Hernandez’s plans for the next season.

The remaining players who are currently away on loan such as Samuel Umtiti, Nico Williams, Clement Lenglet, and Sergino Dest will either be sold or loaned out yet again.

As for Abde, the 21-year-old, who is currently plying his trade with CA Osasuna, the Barça coaching staff see a lot of promise in him.

The report states that the Catalan club’s staff believe that the Moroccan international can be an excellent option for the left-winger position as they do not have someone who is as good as him in 1v1 situations in that area.

During the ongoing campaign, Xavi has tried multiple players on the left flank but has not yielded much success.

Both Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha are dangerous while operating on the right while Ferran Torres also prefers to play on that side as well and has not made much of an impact when playing on the left. Ansu Fati has hardly featured regularly to be considered a genuine option.

Of late, Xavi’s switch in tactics has led to Gavi being deployed as a pseudo-left-winger, but the manager likes players who can add pace, directness and ability to take on defenders on the flanks. And the Barça coaching staff see Abde as someone who can do that on the left wing.

While that may be the case, some reports are also suggesting that Barcelona, given the financial situation, would consider selling the 21-year-old if offers of around €25-30 million arrive for him in the summer.

What is clear is that Abde is held in high regard within the Barça offices and could end up becoming a part of Xavi’s plans for next season if the club’s hand is not forced by the FFP situation.

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