Ever since his arrival in Camp Nou, Pedri has made himself one of the fixed starters in FC Barcelona midfield. However, his injury in the match against Manchester United on Thursday now compels Xavi and his coaching staff to look for an alternative midfield setup that can work without Pedri’s presence.
While Pedri’s injury is definitely bad news for everyone at FC Barcelona, there is still a silver lining attached for some. One of these individuals could be the youngster Pablo Torre, whose quality, vision, and skills are close enough to those of Pedri.
Pablo Torre arrived at FC Barcelona with much fanfare and expectation but has not been able to break into the first team frequently. The primary cause for his lack of appearance is the highly competitive midfield options that Xavi has at his disposal. However, Pedri’s injury, and the fact that Sergio Busquets is still not at his optimal condition after the injury he faced, can result in an opportunity for Pablo Torre to start a few matches.
Currently, Torre only has 213 minutes with the FC Barcelona first team, which are spread over 7 games. This tally of minutes can increase significantly when Cadiz visit the Spotify Camp Nou this weekend, before the all-important Europa League play-offs second leg against Manchester United on Thursday. Keeping in view the importance of this Europa League tie, Xavi can opt to rest some of his more trusted midfielders, particularly Frenkie de Jong, which means Pablo Torre is in the pole position to replace him in the starting lineup as per the reports from SPORT.
Torre has impressed in his recent appearances in the Champions League tie against Plzen, in which he scored a goal, and in the Copa, where he assisted Araujo’s goal against Intercity. Now he will have to showcase his ability once more in order to gain Xavi’s trust and get a better chance of starting more matches in the future.