Flick’s Barcelona may just be perfect for 17-year-old midfield gem


Barcelona youngster Marc Bernal
Photo Courtesy: The Official Website of FC Barcelona

The failures of the Under-17 Spanish team have ultimately ended up favoring FC Barcelona. Their early exit from the European Championship of their category allowed some of Barça’s most prominent youngsters to return early. That included Marc Bernal, who has great aspirations at Barcelona.

Upon his return, he immediately was called back into Barcelona Atletic by Rafa Marquez, who needed his services for a tough game against Ibiza. Bernal, upon his return, did not disappoint and showed exactly why there are so many expectations of him by putting on display one of his best performances this season, providing two assists to help win the game.

However, despite making a massive jump from the Cadet category right to Barcelona Atletic, his aspirations do not stop there. Next up is the first team, and Mundo Deportivo believes that the 17-year-old midfielder is the next gem in line to succeed the likes of Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi.

Moreover, the player is expected to be part of the upcoming pre-season with the Barcelona first team. He will be joining Hansi Flick’s new Barça, and the German’s typical technical systems could even end up being beneficial for a player with Bernal’s qualities, as per MD.

In the event that Flick decides to line up in his trusted 4-2-3-1, the double pivot role is one that suits Bernal like a glove. It is also something he has explicitly stated in the past to be more comfortable in while playing.

From technical ability to explosive dynamism, Bernal is seen as a complete midfielder and the 17-year-old has thus far shown no glaring weaknesses in his game.

It now remains to be seen just how much he can impress Flick in the Barcelona first team. The quality is there, and many who have seen him play consider him Barça’s next big discovery. However, only time will tell how Bernal will adapt to the pressures and demands of the first team at FC Barcelona.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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