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5 Barcelona B Players who should be promoted to the first team

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67.19K   //    19 Oct 2017, 17:40 IST

RSC Anderlecht v FC Barcelona - UEFA Youth League Round of 16
Palencia in action in the UEFA Youth League

The fabled La Masia academy has been producing stars since its inception.

Potential world-class players, La Masia graduates, and youth signings helped significantly in the B team's promotion to the Segunda Division of Spanish Football.

"La Masia is a place where lots of people (players) live together but you are on your own." - Andres Iniesta, La Masia graduate

Now playing their 23rd season in the Segunda Division, and the first since an emotional promotion last season, Barcelona B features one too many bright young prospects. Let's have a look at some of these players who could make a significant mark on the first team;


#1: Sergi Palencia

The B team's captain and one of the highest capped player for the reserves, Palencia plays as a right-back, a position which the first team has faced problems in since after Dani Alves' departure.

Surprisingly, Palencia hasn't yet made his debut for the Barcelona first team after over 66 appearances for the B team.

One of the most influential players in the camp, Sergi Palencia has been tipped for promotion in recent years by Barcelona fans, but managers at the Nou Camp have decided to field midfielder Sergi Roberto as a right-back.

With just one proper right-back in the first team and Ernesto Valverde's promises that were made to the youngsters about a bright future, Sergi Palencia would be desperately hoping for a promotion to the main squad.

Palencia's addition to the first team could be a major boost to the Blaugrana and Ernesto Valverde's demanding tactics. Semedo's high work rate could be efficiently complemented by Palencia's vision and an efficient rotational system could be devised by the gaffer.

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