Barcelona is going through a transition phase and Koeman trying to rebuild the squad accordingly. The economic strength of the club is also weak and unstable which is another aspect to fulfil. Signing players to bolster the squad is a risky move considering the time players take to fit into the squad. Some examples of the concept are the 100 million euros signings of Ousmane Dembele, Philipe Coutinho, and Antoine Griezmann.
Wasting allotted funds in the past few seasons
Dembele was considered to be one of the prodigies which Barcelona looked to exploit in La Liga, However, the youngster has been out of action for most of the time during his stay at Camp Nou due to injuries and lack of physical fitness. The Catalan outfit embraced Philipe Coutinho and helped him earn his dream move from Liverpool but the transfer was not a wise move as the player could not feature in his natural position in the squad which hampered his performance. The Brazilian has redeemed his form in the 2020/21 campaign following his successful loan spell at Bayern Munich where he snapped up the treble.
The only option to strengthen the squad without spending much is to promote the young potentials into the senior squad. La Masia is regaining its prominence after a few years of uncertainty, as per Marca. Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig are some examples who have stood out to break into the first-team from the youth academy.
La Masia talents: an option available
Barcelona is lacking the squad depth with the injury crisis in the defense and lack of a proper number 9 at the front. The Catalan outfit needs to take steps quickly so that they do not slump out of the Champions League spot for the upcoming season.
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Alejandro Balde is one of the finest products to develop in La Masia. The youngster has shown tremendous speed and can replace Junior Firpo as a back up for Jordi Alba. Balde was originally a striker but ended up as a full-back owing to his pace and positioning. Konrad de la Fuente is already getting on the reserves bench and may get his chance to shine anytime soon. The American is out on International duty and his excellent form can earn him a starting spot in La Liga. Arnau Comas is a promising central defender who can come up huge being promoted from the ‘B’ team and bolster the options in the defense.