Three quarry gems set to become regulars for Barcelona first team


Barcelona's Spanish forward #38 Marc Guiu (L) and Spanish defender Hector Fort arrive for a training session at the Joan Gamper training ground in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona, on October 24, 2023, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League 1st round Group H football match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
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FC Barcelona continue to face new kinds of challenges every week this season. The Catalan club is not used to the kind of adversity they’ve already had to face this campaign, as it comes through both mentally and physically. However, perhaps the most excruciating problem for Barcelona has been their injury list.

Many of the team’s key players have had to be replaced in one way or another due to certain injuries. The likes of Gavi, Ferran Torres, Joao Felix, Marcos Alonso, and Alejandro Balde are just some of the major names currently sidelined.

However, it is exactly for situations like these that the subsidiary presents itself as a great alternative. The starlets of Barcelona Atletic and beyond know the prestige and honor of playing for the first team, and that remains their goal whenever they receive a call-up.

Now, in the face of several injuries, Xavi has decided to entrust three specific youngsters as more incorporated members of the first team. According to SPORT, the three players in question are Spanish fullback Hector Fort, defender Pau Cubarsi, and forward Marc Guiu.

Fort, aged just 17, is a great talent at the fullback position and offers both creativity and defensive solidity. Cubarsi, on the other hand, is a 17-year-old central defender who provides a great balance of both defensive attributes and technical brilliance. Lastly, Guiu is aged 18 and is primarily a striker with sharp instincts and a physique worthy of a target man.

In Guiu’s case, however, there is currently a bit of skepticism about his availability for the upcoming game against Granada. Having been injured in the last outing while playing for Barça Atletic, it seems that he will first have to take time out to recover.

Beyond just these three ‘saviors’ from the subsidiary, Barcelona also has other names on their agenda. Whereas these three are already proven players on the field under Xavi Hernandez, others like Unai Hernandez, Marc Casado, Pau Victor, Diego Kochen, and Ander Astralaga are eagerly awaiting their opportunities as well.

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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