“Old Fashioned 9” of La Masia continues to amaze Barcelona


La Masia, the renowned Academy of FC Barcelona
Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images

The FC Barcelona youth continue to amaze the club with their special and unique progressions. The Blaugranes are renowned for having one of the world’s best youth development programs, and their products are living up to it.

Even recently, new faces from the academy and subsidiary continue to help Barcelona in times of need. However, there are those special few who possess the ability to amaze even the hardened veterans.

Players like these come by every once in a while, and they possess qualities that few their age can dream of. One such name is undoubtedly that of Oscar Gistau.

As highlighted by SPORT, this 15-year-old striker is a cut above his peers. Born in 2008, the team that directly corresponds to his age would be Cadet A or B. However, due to his vastly superior ability as a footballer, he has already made the jump to the Juvenil levels.

With Marc Guiu spending a lot more time with the first team, spaces in Juvenil A have opened up. Thus far this season, Gustau has managed to play 218 minutes across six matches for Oscar Lopez’s team. Within those few minutes, he has already scored three goals. This has led to an incredible average of a goal every 72 minutes for him.

Over in Juvenil B, coached by Pol Planas, he has played 801 minutes across 13 league appearances. He has scored five goals across that duration of opportunities. This gives him an average of a goal every 160 minutes.

While this is still impressive for the 15-year-old, it pales in comparison to his Juvenil A average, which is interesting given that the level of competition is even higher there. He has also made three appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season.

His goals from last season also reached a jaw-dropping figure. Scoring 21 goals, his average was rather surprising given that he started on 22 occasions and was a substitute on 7 others. However, the most inspiring attribute of the youngster remains his ability to adapt.

Irrespective of whether he plays for Juvenil A or B, even though they follow different tactics and patterns of play, he continues to perform. Whether it be Oscar Lopez or Pol Planas coaching him, he manages to impress any coach mentoring him. Labeled as an ‘Old-fashioned 9’ by SPORT, he certainly lives up to the hype.

His potential is referred to as having no ‘ceiling’ or being limitless even. Barcelona are convinced that he can reach great heights, and the Catalan giants are more than excited to see exactly how his talents can help La Blaugrana in the present and in the future.

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’.

Recommended Articles

Related Articles

‘Look at how he plays’… €120m Barcelona player used as an example to critique Alphonso Davies

FC Barcelona currently houses some of Europe’s most elite young talents. Many of these promising youngsters have even...

The favor that Thiago Motta could do to Barcelona – report

Foreign operations are often beneficial to FC Barcelona if they are connected to the club. Whether it be...

Arsenal could step up their pursuit to steal €50m Barcelona midfield target

Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino might not been a regular starter for Luis de la Fuente's Spain team in...

Joan Laporta reassures Barcelona fans about €58m signing

In this summer transfer window, the topmost priority of FC Barcelona is to sign the Spanish winger, Nico...

Barcelona have everything in place for their potential first summer signing

FC Barcelona have now finally entered an extremely decisive stage of the summer transfer window. The Catalan club...

Barcelona may have a few complications with their returning left-back

The competition within FC Barcelona must be severe next season for that to be the case externally as...

Hristo Stoichkov says Barcelona should actually sign €70m forward

For the last few weeks, Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams have been the two subjects being discussed the...

Barcelona thinking about signing 2018 World Cup-winning pivot

The priorities of FC Barcelona this summer are relatively more clear than recent windows. Now possessing a somewhat...

Barcelona now pushing to recover Man City full-back

The backline is one of the areas of the FC Barcelona team where there are relatively fewer changes...

Barcelona have their own formula to sign 26-year-old RB Leipzig star

Deadlines are important in every transfer window, and FC Barcelona is aware of this. Certain payments and clauses...

‘Magnificent’ Euro 2024 star’s arrival cost Barcelona around €100m

It has been quite apparent that FC Barcelona have lacked too much signing power in recent windows. The...

RB Leipzig could facilitate Dani Olmo’s move to Barcelona

The luxury of being able to sign anyone is not something that Barcelona has in abundance. Their economic...