FC Barcelona have a number of budding talents out on loan with different clubs across Europe, but none of these talents has expectations as high as those with Ansu Fati. The Spain international left Barcelona in the last summer transfer window but made it clear that his first preference will always remain to play and succeed at the Catalan club.
After rejecting proposals from some bigger clubs, Fati chose to join the Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion. This was an interesting choice from the youngster, who later confessed that the Brighton manager, Roberto de Zerbi, played a big part in him choosing the English club over other interested clubs.
Fati shining in Europa Leauge
While the signs are encouraging, not everything has gone as planned for Fati in England. He had a somewhat slow start to the season, as he had other competent forwards ahead of him in the team-sheet, and he struggled to get minutes on the pitch.
However, De Zerbi has been following a particular plan with him, and is giving him a more prominent role in the Europa League while using him mostly as a substitute in the Premier League.
The youngster is taking full advantage of the opportunities he is getting in the European competition, as he has scored in the last two consecutive games against Ajax.
De Zerbi pushing Fati to improve further
Still, according to SPORT, De Zerbi is not fully satisfied with Ansu Fati, and wants the youngster to improve even further, especially as he demands the maximum from young players with huge potential. Regarding the Barcelona loanee, De Zerbi recently commented:
“I always expect more from Ansu Fati. Yes, he played very well, but after the second goal, he had opportunities to score again. He should keep pushing further.”
His coach pushing him to the limit would definitely be good for Fati, especially as he has been unable to get to his best form for the last few years.
The experience of playing in the biggest league under one of the most exciting managers would help Fati grow as a player and a person, and make it easier for him to succeed at his beloved Barcelona.