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5 Barcelona youngsters in danger of being sold

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Marc Bartra has been unable to cement the centre back position
Modified 09 Dec 2015, 21:32 IST

As we approach the final moments of 2015, Barcelona will be casting envious glances across a marketplace that they’ve been unable to inhabit for the last 18 months. Far from being kids in a candy store, the club will want to ensure that funds are invested wisely during the January transfer window.Should they dip their toes in the water again however, it will leave one crop of players waiting anxiously until the end of the month. The club ought to be cautious of letting promising youngsters go, having previously burned their hands with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique. On the other hand, there are some who are clearly not up to the mark.Here are five Barca players who are in danger of being sold…

#1 Marc Bartra

Marc Bartra can feel the most hard done by of the group.

The youngster has been in and around the first team picture for five years now but has never really made one of the central defensive positions his own. Gerard Pique is a certainty to play when fit, but that each manager from Guardiola to Enrique has often preferred a natural defensive midfielder in the other centre-back role speaks volumes.

Bartra has previously trotted out the party line that he’ll continue to work hard to change the manager’s mind, but thus far it’s fallen on deaf ears and the player isn’t getting any younger. At 24 years of age, arguably it’s now or never for Bartra, and a recent change of agent to Carles Puyol hints at a new direction for the player.

His loyalty to the club is laudable, but accusations of a lack of ambition will follow him around if he doesn’t make a move soon.

Barca will be aware that his stock still remains high at this juncture and that perhaps it’s time for them to cash in.

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Published 09 Dec 2015, 16:49 IST
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