Former Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov recently shared his insights in an interview with the Italian publication ‘Tuttosport.’ During the conversation, he took a retrospective look at his illustrious career and delved into the current state of Italian football.
On the other hand, he also took the opportunity to analyze the performances of notable players, including Jude Bellingham, Gavi, and Lamine Yamal.
About the latter, in particular, the former forward said that the young talent needs a coach like Johan Cruyff, someone who will help him mature.
Yamal is unstoppable
When discussing the attributes of the young Blaugrana talent, Stoichkov emphasized his formidable dribbling skills, noting that “sometimes he is unstoppable in his dribbling,” as quoted by SPORT.
Drawing on his own experience as a former winger, Stoichkov brought a unique perspective to understanding the intricacies of the position held by the promising young player.
However, he did admit that Yamal “has to grow a lot tactically” because “if they double up on him, he becomes stubborn with the ball.”
Yamal needs Cruyff
That’s why Stoichkov, who experienced both the challenges and joys with the Barcelona Dream Team under Cruyff, firmly believes that Yamal “needs a Cruyff-type coach to help him mature.”
However, the dilemma lies in the fact that “Cruyff does not exist today” and “not even the great [Pep] Guardiola nor any other ‘top’ coach, like [Jurgen] Klopp or [Carlo] Ancelotti, are like Johan…”
It is to be noted that while Barcelona fell short of securing a third consecutive Golden Boy award, Tuttosport magazine bestowed a distinct honour upon Yamal by introducing a novel category.
Entitled ‘The Youngest’ this recognition positioned him as the youngest player in the award’s history to stand among the Golden Boy nominees.