Luis Enrique believes Denis Suarez could replace Andres Iniesta as Barcelona’s ‘Harry Potter’ after the midfielder starred against Real Sociedad on Thursday.
The former Manchester City youth player netted two of Barca’s five goals as they eased into the last four of the Copa del Rey in the absence of Andres Iniesta, who missed the tie through injury.
"He could be, why not?" Luis Enrique said after the match, when asked if Suarez could be a long-term replacement for Iniesta.
"Players have to evolve. He has to improve, but Iniesta is Harry Potter, he makes magic, and it's difficult to find another. But Denis is on the right path and I hope he can be (Iniesta's replacement)"
"The goals will boost his morale = he's been arriving in the area at the right time, but he's needed a little more efficiency, but he's shown that today with his finishes.
"Denis is the youngest player in the squad and one of the few players to leave Barca B and be able to return. That's because of taking care of the ball but also because of working hard off the ball, which some players forget about.
"You have the ball for a minute or a minute and a half in the game, so if you don't do well without it, you have no chance at this level. Denis understands that and he's well-loved by his teammates."