Ez Abde is one of the wise pieces of business that FC Barcelona have conducted in recent years. The young Moroccan’s loan stint at Osasuna has been a successful operation, which was on full display in last night’s Copa del Rey clash.
FC Barcelona bought Abde from Hercules two years ago for €2 million. Having spent one season at the club, he was sent to Osasuna at the beginning of this season. His time at Osasuna has undoubtedly been well spent.
He has shined with the team and has become an essential part of the squad that has reached the semi-finals of Copa del Rey and is only one point behind Rayo Vallecano in contention for a UEFA Conference League position.
While he has shined throughout the season for Osasuna, he was imposing in the Copa del Rey tie last night. The highlight of this match last night was the run that Abde started from his own half and ended up in a goal after beating a few defenders and the goalkeeper. This was the only goal scored in this match and gives Osasuna the advantage in this tie to reach the tournament final.
His Copa del Rey campaign has been highly significant, even prior to this match. He also played a crucial part in making Osusuna qualify for the semi-finals, as he scored the winning goals in the quarter-finals 3-2 victory over Sevilla.
In addition to these performances on loan at Osasuna, Abde also had a World Cup to remember. This was his debut World Cup with the Moroccan National Team, and his impressive performances in the tournament helped him become a highly acclaimed player in the world of football.
Due to this rise, SPORT claims several Premier League clubs are interested in the player, notably Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Nottingham Forest. Nottingham Forest are currently showing the most interest, but Barcelona are also keen to keep him in the squad as he can be a valuable pure left-footed player who can play on the right wing. Still, Barcelona’s weak financial health can force its hand into an ultimate sale.