Barca recently announced that Barcelona are preparing to tie Ansu Fati to a new contract as negotiations between the player and the club have already begun. The Spanish youth’s current deal is expected to expire in the summer of 2022, so the Catalans are looking to secure a lucrative contract with him so that his long-term future at Camp Nou can be decided (via the Marche).
Ansu Fati’s impressive start despite long-term injury
The 18-year-old made a bright start to the campaign with a series of productive screenings in wide areas. Ansu Fati has scored five goals and four assists this season in ten appearances for Barça in all competitions.
However, he is currently out of action for a long time due to a serious knee injury. The Bissau-born player underwent knee surgery earlier this month and is expected to be out of the game during the winter months.
Despite his recent injury, Ansu Fati has earned a lot of accolades for his attacking contributions as he has averaged 2.0 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game this season in La Liga. He even distributed the ball accurately, based on his 83.8% pass completion rate in the top Spanish rankings (whoscored statistic).
What does Spanish wonder-kid bring?
Ansu Fati is one of the fastest players in Spanish football as he can go past his marker with ease using his pace, agility and excellent ball control. He knows how to get to the signature in order to either organize for himself the opportunity to score a goal, or put a teammate in front of the opponent’s goal.
The Spanish wide player enjoyed playing with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. In addition, he sometimes did not allow Usman Dembele to join Koeman’s main team, which shows how well he is developing at Camp Nou.
However, his recent injury was a big blow to him, especially when he played one of the best football matches of his career. At 18, Ansu Fati will get better every season if he can maintain clean health in the coming years.
Barcelona on track to link Fati to new business: a smart move for Koeman?
All in all, it would be a wise move for Barça to tie Ansu Fati into a new long-term contract, as he could potentially be the talent of a generation in the future.
Koeman should focus on building a team around the youngster when Messi leaves the club, as he is clearly not afraid of the spotlight and has what it takes to become Barça’s main player over the next decade.