Lamine Yamal, only 15 years old, made his first start for Barcelona at the weekend. Another great talent from Barcelona’s La Masia academy can leave a big mark on the club, and Xavi is aware of that.
Lefty. A right winger. Great technique. But no one would have pegged him at 15, given how mature he is on the pitch. Barcelona may have discovered another gem in their academy.
How young is Lamine Yamal? Before he could even be born, the still-active 41-year-old Real Betis player Joaquín Joaquín already had 215 games played in La Liga. Just think of what you were doing at his age.
In Saturday’s game against Real Betis, the only 15-year-old super talent Yamal managed to see the field, he came very close to scoring on his debut, only to have his reckless attempt covered by Rui Silva.
Then, with a brilliant lob, he set up a great chance for Ousmane Dembélé, but he couldn’t handle the ball.
16. the super talent will not celebrate his birthday until July, but he has already avoided comparisons with Messi. Both have a well-developed left foot and Yamal often plays on the right wing.
Barcelona’s management doesn’t want to leave anything to chance, and already wants to secure Yamal’s services for years to come. He is currently signed until the summer of 2024, and according to Fabrizio Romano, the management has a contract ready for him until 2026.
Thanks to a highly comfortable situation in the table (11 points ahead of second-placed Real) and a virtually certain title, Barcelona can afford to give such young players a chance.
Source: FC Barcelona, CNN Sports, BBC, Fabrizio Romano
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