17-year-old Barcelona fullback ready to seize his chance – report


MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: Hector Fort of FC Barcelona is challenged by Nahuel Molina of Atletico Madrid during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at Civitas Metropolitano Stadium on March 17, 2024 in Madrid, Spain.
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It takes some patience to finally get opportunities within FC Barcelona no matter who the player is. Unlike other teams, the adaptation to the Barça way of playing is a very special and specific procedure. Even players who come out of the Barcelona academy itself take their time when trying to fit into the first team.

However, especially under the tutelage of Xavi Hernandez, many keen youngsters have gradually made their mark at Barcelona. With La Liga now seemingly lost and all other competitions no longer within their reach, Xavi may just try to give even more opportunities to youngsters.

One player in particular who could see this as his golden opportunity is Hector Fort. According to SPORT, the 17-year-old fullback is a definite guarantee for Barcelona in terms of the future, but these upcoming matches represent a great opportunity for him to get more game time and prominence under Xavi.

A player who has evolved through every single layer of the Barcelona academy and youth system, Fort lives and breathes Blaugrana. This season, whenever he has been called upon, Fort has delivered performances that have left a positive image of him in the minds of both coaches and the fans of Barcelona.

Moreover, with Jules Kounde having been extensively used as a fullback this season, and Joao Cancelo’s performances having declined drastically recently, it would appear that Fort has a great chance to potentially even start in the upcoming games for Barcelona.

Given Fort’s positional values, defensive reliability, and even his versatility as a defender, Xavi would know what he is getting by trusting the youngster. Whenever he has called upon Fort in the past, whether as a left-back or right-back, the 17-year-old has been a reliable option.

This makes him a great prospect for Barcelona to continue trusting and valuing. Seen as a right-back for the future, Barça must back up such faith by letting the youngster play and defend the club badge. With Xavi at the helm, that possibility seems to be a very plausible one in the upcoming games for Barcelona.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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