09/07/2021 at 8:58 AM CEST
Ronald Koeman’s FC Barcelona is the team that has used the most Under-21 players in these first three LaLiga days with a total of eight, the same as Valencia and Real Sociedad. With the departure of Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann, the average age of the first team has dropped to 26.1 years, the second youngest squad in the championship.
The Catalans have added two victories and a draw at the start of the 2021/22 season and have done so with a great version of two of the team’s most key pieces: Memphis Depay and Frenkie De Jong. The Dutch have assumed the weight of the team and are currently the greatest speech of the coach, who knows them well from the Netherlands team.
8 – @FCBarcelona_es, @RealSociedad and @valenciacf (eight each) are the teams that have used the most Under-21 players in the first three days of @LaLiga. Future. pic.twitter.com/FjYT5a5LBz
– OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 6, 2021
The departure of important players in this market window has made Ronald Koeman bet more if possible on young players with great potential such as Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Sergiño Dest, Pedri, Yusuf Demir, Nico González, Gavi and Òscar Mingueza. In the first year without Leo Messi, the most inexperienced of the squad must take a step forward and consolidate in this transitional Barcelona.
Leading the bet for young talent
Barcelona leads the ranking of LaLiga teams that have most trusted their youngsters at the start of the season together with Valencia and Real Sociedad, also with eight footballers. Follows closely Mallorca and Real Madrid, with six; Athletic Club, Elche, Granada, Real Betis and Sevilla, with five; Atlético de Madrid, Celta, Espanyol, Getafe and Villarreal, with four; and Osasuna (3), Rayo Vallecano (3), Alavés (2), Cádiz (2) and Levante (1) close.
In fact, the three teams that mark the podium are precisely the clubs that have a younger squad: Valencia (25.5), Barcelona (26.1) and Real Sociedad (26.2) top the list. The commitment to young talent in the three combined is presumed as a common trend during this course, after a market marked by the economic needs of Spanish clubs.