Stars aligning for Barcelona loanee to get back into Brighton starting XI

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 09: Ansu Fati of Brighton & Hove Albion looks on during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 match between AFC Ajax and Brighton & Hove Albion at Johan Cruijff Arena on November 09, 2023 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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The various FC Barcelona players playing out on loan this season are having varying degrees of success with their respective sides. Among these players, the case of Ansu Fati is a particularly compelling one.

The Spaniard accepted a loan to Brighton and Hove Albion only in the last few days of the last summer transfer window and needed some time to get into the schemes of the Italian manager, Roberto de Zerbi.

He got a string of good chances as the season progressed, but physical problems, his old nemesis, once again rose their head to sidetrack a seemingly promising project for the youngster. But now, after three months of inaction, he is fully recovered from the injury, and back available for selection.

Furthermore, as Mundo Deportivo has reported, Fati may also have his way clear to the starting eleven in the coming matches, as several Brighton forwards are also out with injuries.

Kaoru Mitoma, one of the most important players for De Zerbi this season, suffered a serious injury, and as the Italian coach himself confirmed, he is out for the rest of the season. Similarly, other forwards like Joao Pedro, Evan Ferguson, and Danny Welbeck, are all out with injuries.

Thus, Ansu Fati can get back into Brighton’s starting eleven and can play the upcoming match either as the team’s focal point in attack or by taking up a position on the left wing.

The Barcelona loanee has scored four goals and provided one assist in eighteen games with the Seagulls up to now. However, his last start came on 25th November last year, and he will return to the starting lineup this week after a break of 95 days.

Thus, Fati is lucky not only to recover in time but also to get the chance to start some games in the most decisive stretch of the season.

He has the opportunity to showcase his talents in these few weeks, and Barcelona will be hoping he takes full advantage of the situation to raise his stock in the summer market.

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