Barcelona gem tops key metric in La Liga this season – report

Barcelona's Spanish midfielder #06 Gavi celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish Liga football match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on August 27, 2023.
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FC Barcelona have the privilege of being home to several of the most talented youngsters in football. The Catalan giants have long since been renowned for their youth development capabilities. However, to stand out as a regular for Barcelona from an early age takes a very special talent.

From among the many key components in this Barcelona side, many are youngsters. Teenagers that possess extraordinary talents are the ones scouted and trained under Xavi Hernandez. These stars continue to display their capabilities for Barcelona, but some clearly do it better than others.

One Barcelona youngster in particular who remains a star player for Xavi is 19-year-old Pablo Gavi. The young midfielder has drawn major European attention towards him thanks to his talents and skills. In a recent statistical update, he even tops the charts in La Liga for a very important metric.

According to WhoScored, Gavi reigns supreme in La Liga when it comes to winning ground duels. As per their statistics, Gavi has won 64 such duels during the ongoing 2023/24 season. In terms of his influence as a midfielder, this just goes to show how important he is for Barcelona to maintain and regain control of the game.

Formerly a Golden Boy and Kopa Trophy winner himself, Gavi has deserved his reputation as an elite youngster. Moreover, he has retained that importance under Xavi this season as he remains one of his most utilized players.

Despite it seeming earlier that Gavi could lose his place in the midfield this season, that has not been the case. While new summer arrivals as well as other star players having emerged, the youngster continues to improve himself. During various games this season, he has stood out as Barça’s best player on the field.

With Barcelona entering an important stretch of their campaign, Gavi will have significant responsibilities as well. The youngster from Andalusia will want to help Barcelona regain the top spot in La Liga as well as do well in the UEFA Champions League. A long season beckons moving forward, but Gavi has all the necessary tools to remain vital for Barcelona.

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