Ronald Koeman has been forced into a really difficult situation at the Camp Nou, courtesy of countless injuries to his defenders. With Gerard Piqué out for the season and Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti not yet up to speed to feature, the gaffer had to throw the youngsters into the fire.
However, so far, that faith in the youth has been paying off. Not only that but according to SPORT, Óscar Mingueza is taking full advantage of this incredible opportunity by convincing Koeman of his undeniable talent.
So much so that Barcelona may not rush into the market to sign a new centre-back in January since Mingueza is proving to be an adequate replacement for the injured veterans. The Dutch coach is extremely happy with what he’s seen so far and if the youngster can continue down this path, he could save the Catalans some money and also give them some hope for the future.
Of course, Eric García is still somewhere in the conversation but with Mingueza playing at such a high level, Barcelona may return for the young Spaniard in the summer when they can get him for free.
It seems that trust in the youth can really pay off, you just have to be brave enough to give them a chance.
Who would’ve thought, huh?
Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi
It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.
Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.
Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.
“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.
These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?
Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.
Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.