18-year-old defender becomes latest face in Barcelona training


Barcelona's Spanish coach Xavi looks on during a training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg football match against SSC Napoli at the training center in Barcelona on March 11, 2024.
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The consistency with which Barcelona continues to trust their youth is unparalleled. Perhaps no other club in the world of football gives their youngsters as many opportunities as Barça currently do. However, one could also argue that Barcelona is forced to do so due to their financial restrictions.

Be that as it may, the utter reality is the fact that many young talents are getting to showcase their abilities. The likes of Pau Cubarsi, Lamine Yamal, Hector Fort, and Marc Guiu are just some of the names who have come to the rescue for Barcelona this season. However, there is now also a new name worth noting.

As highlighted by SPORT, Alexis Olmedo was the newest face introduced by Xavi to the first team. In the latest training session for the senior team, the 18-year-old Olmedo was the brand-new inclusion. Born in 2006, he comes from the same generation of players such as Pau Prim, Fort, and Guiu.

A center-back who is labeled as being a great talent, he has the versatility to play other positions and also possesses that special something that helps him stand out even as a center-back. As per the report, he possesses great defensive awareness, anticipation, as well as ball distribution.

All these traits combine to make him a rather complete defender on paper, and his execution on the field is no less impressive. Soon after recovering from a pelvic injury that kept him sidelined for over 100 days, he managed to feature for Rafa Marquez’s Barcelona Atletic.

Even in the UEFA Youth League, his presence was a great addition to the team. By scoring a goal as well as showcasing his solid aptitude as a right-back, he proved that he is a card that can take many shapes and play those roles rather effectively.

Also considered to be a powerful and dangerous player in the air, his physical attributes and technical abilities are both excellent. It is no wonder that he managed to catch Xavi’s eye, and while there is no guarantee at any point, he looks to be quite the promising prospect for Barcelona, just like his peers before him.

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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