It has been tough for Barcelona’s “La Masia” graduates to secure a starting place in the first-team squad in recent years.
Perhaps Ansu Fati is the exceptional element that has managed to establish himself in the Blaugrana lineup as quickly as possible, but this does not apply to others like Ricky Butch and Carles Alenia who find it very difficult to get minutes to play and prove hard.
Whereas Ronaldo Araujo, who had already appeared last season, had the opportunity to become the third defender in the Barca squad.
Mingus and a new challenge to his abilities in front of Cadiz
The La Masia graduates’ last appearance was represented by defender Oscar Menguiza, with whom Barcelona had not conceded any goals in their last 3 matches against Dynamo Kyiv, Osasuna, and Hungarian Frenzváros.
But with the return of Ronald Araujo and Samuel Umtiti, who is close to the stadiums, the Minguisa position is in danger, and he has to prove his ability to become like Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, who earned the merit of being in Barcelona’s defense for many years.
Others did not replicate Puyol and Pique’s achievement of La Masia graduates in being mainly and continuously present. The last player close to achieving this was Marc Bartra, who spent 7 years in Catalonia and actively participated in it in his last 3 years. Still, then he moved to Borussia Dortmund, Then to Real Betis.