Five homegrown PL talents who could be brilliant for Barcelona
Decorated Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez recently spoke of Premier League starlets Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling’s potential to play in Spain.
When asked if the England duo could one day turn out for the 32-year-old’s beloved Catalan club (who are 13/2 with Coral to lift La Liga) , Xavi said: “Yes, why not? I think that they could. They have incredible physical capabilities and they are good technically. In Spain, we prioritise players who are technically gifted but both things are very important in football.”
With these two exciting attackers in mind, Coral writers consider if the pair would fit in at the Nou Camp, and which other homegrown talents could join them.
Everton’s prize asset, robust attacking midfielder Barkley is unique, providing a beguiling combination of strength, pace, technique and a lethal strike.
Able to grasp games by the scruff of the neck and power his boyhood club forward, the 20-year-old possesses an urgency and explosiveness that could one day add another dimension to Barca’s patient play.
Trained in Roberto Martinez’s Spanish-inspired possession-based style, the Three Lions youngster may find it easier than most Premier League players to adapt to life in Catalonia.
Before Luis Suarez’s arrival, Barca had lacked a truly penetrative, pacy and potent striker, willing to run in behind defences, since the days of Samuel Eto’o.
Whilst the Catalan giants have honed an even more distinct style since the Cameroon frontman represented them, Berahino could one day be a player in that mould, capable of bringing a more direct approach to the Nou Camp armoury.
With seven goals in 11 Premier League games, he certainly looks to have the potential.
Just like rivals Real Madrid, Barca are notorious for neglecting their rearguard when it comes to summer signings. With defence always appearing to be an Achilles heel, versatile Chambers could be capable of plugging several gaps for the Spanish giants.
Adept at carrying the ball out from the back and instigating attacks, as any Barca player must be, the talented teenager is also a threat overlapping on the right flank.
Rumoured to be a target for the Nou Camp club last summer, highly-rated Manchester United wingman Januzaj has since seen his stock dip this season.
The Belgium international burst onto the Old Trafford scene last term, demonstrating awareness, composure and confidence unusual for a teenager, putting senior members of the squad to shame with his ability to change games.
Still finding his place in Louis van Gaal’s side, Januzaj, a stand-out star in his age group, is precisely the type of young talent Barca (11/2 to win the Champions League) thrive on developing.
Tricky Liverpool attacker Sterling has been regularly bamboozling Premier Leagues defences over the last two seasons, and has also shown he has the character to cope with being a main man for his struggling team.
It is easy to imagine the wing wizard creating chances for former clubmate Suarez in Spain, developing his distinct style alongside the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi.