21-year-old loanee’s return to Barcelona depends on two factors

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Barcelona currently have a set of young players out on loan for the remainder of the 2022/2023 season. The likes of American-born Sergino Dest at AC Milan, La Masia product Nico Gonzalez at Valencia CF, and Alex Collado at Elche. Yet it remains a young Moroccan currently plying his trade at CA Osasuna who seems to have been able to bring out the best version of himself courtesy of his respective loan opportunity.

21-year-old La Masia product, Abde Ezzalzouli continues to dazzle and daze with his surreal dribbling, which has also been statistically shown to be La Liga’s most lethal case of it. Those at Osasuna have come to thus regard his abilities as a vital and crucial aspect of their current team dynamics, a successful squad that has managed to reach the final of the Copa Del Ray, where they must next face Real Madrid of all opponents.

Osasuna coach Jagoba Arrasate in particular applauds and holds the Moroccan winger in high regard, and would ideally want his services for another season. While interests from around Europe persist, and despite the player’s own wish to succeed at Barcelona first and foremost, should a proper role or place within Xavi’s team not remain defined for Abde, the Moroccan winger might be sold this summer according to SPORT.

The Spanish club is determined to retain the fiery winger for another season, as his performances have lit up the Osasuna season and his transition from Barcelona has been praiseworthy. The footballer is also happy with his role at the club and has accumulated 5 goal contributions in 22 appearances. His consistent displays are a blessing for the Blaugrana board but they have to make a decision.

As the current season comes to a climax, Barcelona need to make a difficult decision for the future of the Moroccan winger, giving him a chance in the first team means a shuffle of the current squad. The other choice is to sell the winger, capitalizing on his impressive performances at Osasuna can bring in a decent transfer fee to aid life into the club’s finances.

Moreover, his direct playing style and unique personality set him apart as a rare gem that’s tough to source in the market. In the current campaign, following French Winger Ousmane Dembele’s injury, the first team could have used Abde if he was available. With the uncertain futures of Dembele, Fati, and Raphinha, Abde can be a brilliant option to have.

The coaching staff might be keen on a complete overhaul of the attacking front, with Lewandowski being a guaranteed starter for the upcoming season. The rest of the forwards need to prove a point in order to land a first-team pick. With Barcelona’s financial struggles, the Moroccan star could provide an affordable and cost-effective solution to the forward line problem.


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