Sunday, 28 February 2021 – 21:52
The technician has found in the young squad, born in Guinea Conakry 18 years ago, a relief for Pedri and pressure for Riqui Puig
Barcelona is reborn in Seville
Medical tests performed on Pedri they gave good news for the Bara. The canary suffers a stretch in the sole of his left leg and, although his presence in the Cup against Sevilla is practically ruled out, his return to the pitch will not take as long as he could have anticipated at first. Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman has found an ideal replacement in another young pearl: Ilaix Moriba. Although they have different profiles, the 18-year-old youth squad performed at a very good level at the Sanchez-Pizjun. And the Dutchman will reward his deployment with more minutes.
While building a future as a footballer, Ilaix is still preparing a plan B. If the ball is his main working tool on the grass, far from him are the scissors. Since 2019, at the academy of Josep Pons, study to be a hairdresser. A professional activity that, seeing the speed that advances in the world of football, will leave parked for a long time, when it ends a career for which Bara has great expectations.
Ilaix has lived moments of dream and others not so good. After his debut in the Copa del Rey against Cornell and his debut in the League against Alavs, he received a setback when the club asked the Spanish Federation to be excluded from the last list of the Spanish U19 team to have minutes with the older and ended up playing with the subsidiary. He took it on with discipline and Koeman appreciated that gesture. After Pedri’s injury in Seville, betting on Riqui Puig seemed the most logical thing to do. Instead, it was Ilaix who jumped onto the pitch. There, he was physically emptied to press the exit of the opponent’s ball, but also left flashes of quality, such as the heel pass to Messi in the play that the Argentine would culminate with the 0-2.
A bow to the coach
He was good with the ball, he worked, pushed and contributed a lot in the final stretch of the game and I think it should be highlighted. He is a young player, he is learning a lot and he has a great future. That he entered such an important game in that way is a very good thing, the Dutchman analyzed after the game. Ilaix, for his part, thanked him for the minutes he had in a very curious way: with a bow before taking the path to the changing rooms. At Bara, everyone is convinced that this midfielder has a bright future ahead of him. And, for now, it is living up to expectations.
Ilaix was born in Guinea Conakry on January 19, 2003 and came to Barcelona very young with his parents. After a brief visit to the Spanish, he joined the youth squad of the Barça club when he was only seven years old. His progression throughout this time has been so spectacular that he has been jumping steps two at a time until he ended up playing in categories up to three years older than hers. With this scenario, it is not unusual that, two years ago, the club renewed his contract to ensure a token of about two million euros until June 30, 2022 and put a termination clause of 100 million euros. His football affairs are handled by the same agency that represents his teammates at Barcelona, Iaki Pea Y Sergio Dest. This company also deals, among others, with Gareth Bale already Sal guez.
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