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It’s always a thrill to write about the next generation of footballers, especially Gerard Deulofeu, a player with paramount potential and expectation, the boy which the city of Barcelona endlessly and eagerly talks about. He’s another talent shooting through the illustrious ‘La Masia’ school and due to his game, the Messi comparisons only became natural. In most cases, it’s possible to pin-point the turning point in a youngster’s path, but with Deulofeu it’s a challenge as he’s been incredibly consistent. Whether it’s winning back-to-back U19 European Championships, debuting for the U21’s last week, or continuously shining with Barcelona B in the second division; Deulofeu has responded and exceeded the high pressure which surrounds him.
But Barcelona know they must take their time with him, which was not the case with Bojan as his development was fast-forwarded; he featured in the main team a year or two too early. On the same note, the club won’t want to overhype him as they did with Giovani dos Santos, and nobody wants Deulofeu to follow Gai Assulin’s footsteps, remember him, the Ronaldinho from Israel?
Probably not. Ever since I saw Gerard Deulofeu play almost 2 years ago in the Catalan capital, it was clear that he was an outstanding performer. What alarmed me the most about the skilled, blonde haired winger, was his age, he was the youngest player in the Juvenil A starting XI, the U19 team. These statistics always stand out, which is why I’ve followed the evolution of ‘el chico dorado’ ever since.
Two years later and Deulofeu continues to be the club’s hottest property and next crack, the city is excited to see another remarkable graduate break into the first team. But remain patient Barcelona, give the boy time and stop comparing him to Leo, por favor.