Barcelona have just had a summer of star signings, but excitement is rising among those close to the La Masia academy in the hope that they might have their next star in their sights.
On Sunday, 15-year-old Lamine Yamal was called up to train with Barcelona’s first team. Currently playing with their Juvenil A team (under 19s), Lamal has been impressing of late and Xavi Hernandez is amongst his admirers.
Mundo Deportivo say that Yamal is La Masia’s greatest talent in Xavi’s eyes. Playing as a right winger who cuts inside on his left, Yamal has been capped four times for Spain’s under 16 side, scoring once.
While there is little necessity nor suggestion that Lamal will be making the jump to the first team this season, it is not out of the question that he will be seen at Camp Nou before too long. Both Ansu Fati and Gavi made the jump more or less from Juvenil A to the senior side without much game time for Barcelona Atletic.