Ansu Fati

It seems unthinkable that someone dislikes Ansu Fati, but you always have that fear when a new coach arrives. Each manager has his own preferences, some will not care about the age, others will prefer to trust more proven and experienced names…And then there also needs to be love at first sight, which has not existed, for example, between Ronald Koeman and Riqui Puig.

But there has thankfully been love at first sight between Koeman and Ansu Fati. As soon as he was fit after missing the first two friendlies, the 17-year-old started against Elche and again in the crucial league opener against Villarreal. For some time now, Ansu has shown that he can and must be a starter at Barcelona. Obviously he cannot start all 50 / 55 games a season, cause that would be unhealthy, but be an undisputed starter regularly.

One of the best things about Ansu is that he isn’t context-dependant. He always has many paths from which to imbalance the defences. From his maturity in his moves, to his quality on the ball regardless of whether he is wide or in congested zones, to his presence in the box. Ansu embraces everything we had been missing on the left flank in a smart, menacing winger that can stretch the field and be threatening into space.

And highly effective inside the penalty area. In his last 9 games as a starter in all competitions, he has scored 7 goals in only 9 shots on target, apart from winning two penalties. The 7 La Liga goals he scored last season will soon be too little, as he could easily get to 20 if he is a starter. Ansu has the goal in his veins.

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