Barcelona is proud to own the top “young shoots” of Spain in particular and the world in general. Ansu Fati, Pedri and Gavi rose to prominence thanks to their brilliant performances at the Nou Camp, and from there, they all received passes to play for the Spanish national team. The tragedy of the bullfighting prodigy is constantly happening as fans have been witnessing how Barca and Spain erode the strength of the crazy Fati, Pedri and Gavi.
Gavi has just been officially confirmed by the Blaugrana to have a ligament injury, a problem that caused the 2004 midfielder to miss the rest of the season and not be able to recover for EURO 2024. Even if Gavi returns from injury, no Is there any guarantee that he will continue to play as well as he has in recent years? Having ligament problems is a nightmare for every player and that is the clearest evidence that Gavi has reached his limit.
Many people will be surprised at Gavi’s number of appearances since the beginning of the 2021/22 season until now. Squawka confirmed Gavi has played more matches (82) than any other player in Europe’s top seven leagues aged 21 and under (he also had 27 caps for Spain during his time). This). That was a terrible frequency of play for a young player who was not yet at his physical peak and Gavi “crumbled”.
Looking at Gavi, fans easily think of Pedri. Statistics on August 10, 2021 shared that Pedri played 73 matches in the 2020/21 season including 52 matches for Barca and 21 matches for Spanish team levels. Speaking of Spanish national team levels, because in the summer of 2021, Pedri, after playing EURO 2020, also has to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, where the young La Roja stars reached the final.
The Tokyo Olympic final ended on August 8, but Pedri did not rest and reunited before the new season with Barca 5 days later. Like the current Gavi, the former Las Palmas star made everyone admire his dedication. And then after 2 years, the consequences of those non-stop matches hit the 20-year-old star.
After that semi-dead competition period, Pedri no longer reached the highest level. In the 2021/22 season, he only played 22 matches in all competitions for Barca and missed the Spanish national team gathering period from September 2021 to November 2021 (missing 7 matches). Last season, Pedri also played 22 matches for Barca and was constantly injured, so he missed the opportunity to join the national team.
This season, the player born in 2002 has just returned and is not in the best condition. After a season of terrible exhaustion, Pedri mainly had hamstring problems, an injury caused by overuse. Now, the Spanish midfielder is having difficulty finding his form.
The disappointment that surrounded Pedri came at a time when Barca was very concerned about a case that was expected, but then was tormented by injury, Fati. Once considered the man who promoted Lionel Messi’s number 10 shirt, Fati has long had difficulty overcoming injuries, let alone playing top football.
He tore his knee meniscus in August 2020 and then sat out for the next 305 days. Although he has had a comeback period, the Barca striker continues to be injured due to past pain. Within 3 years, Fati faced 9 injuries, lost his way at Barca and had to go to Brighton on loan to save his career.
What happened to Pedri, Fati and Gavi shows that Barca and Spain do not know how to take care of young talents. They are abusing the strength of boys who have not yet reached the age of 20, creating invisible pressure that restrains their legs and then when they reach the limit, it all collapses.
Looking at the trio just mentioned, Lamine Yamal could be the next victim if things don’t change.
Lu Phong | 20:11 November 20, 2023