5 youth players Barcelona should recall from loan
Known for producing world-class players, the fabled La Masia youth academy seems to have significantly lost steam in the productivity department. With a host of talented players graduating from the academy and being sent away to lower division leagues of minor countries, the Barcelona board has been under-fire for misusing the world-class academy.
The Barcelona board has been reported to impose more physical training upon Masia students instead of the traditional Barca style.
"Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus." - Johan Cruyff
Instead of shipping off major academy prospects to different leagues, FC Barcelona must look to integrate these homegrown players into the first team or the reserves in the future.
However, what is done is done and now they can only rectify it by calling back some of their better talents to the club - and here are 5 of them.
#1 Munir El Haddadi
The Spanish forward started his career at the youth academy of Atletico Madrid, but moved to Barcelona's youth system at a tender age. After winning the UEFA Youth League with the Blaugrana, Munir was picked for the first team by Luis Enrique.
Making 26 appearances for the Catalan giants and scoring four goals, El Haddadi became a natural off-the-bench replacement for Luis Suarez. A key element in Luis Enrique's rotation policy, Haddadi was loaned off to Valencia after Paco Alcacer took his place.
While the former had a lackluster season for Barcelona, Munir grew during his year at Valencia, but the board decided to keep the talented youngster away from the Camp Nou for another year and he was subsequently loaned to Alaves.
With Suarez's form being a source of worry and signs of his age catching up with him complemented by disastrous performances by Alcacer, Munir could be a cost-effective attacking replacement for the Blaugrana, who are on the hunt to improve their already deadly bench strength.