FC Barcelona – La Liga Has risen to the top via Las Palmas
At 17 years of age, Pedri is already deemed competent enough to be a starter for Barcelona. Ronald Koeman handed the youngster the opportunity to play against Getafe and he certainly made the most of it.
The teenager was Barcelona‘s best player in the first half at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez and showed very promising signs until his substitution.
Having seen the team news beforehand, many expected the Blaugrana to line up with Antoine Griezmann as a No.10 and Lionel Messi as a false No.9, but it was Pedri who assumed this role.
The Spaniard knew how to drop in to receive the ball and give Barcelona‘s defenders something to aim at. When on the ball, Pedri‘s close control was perfect and his passes could break through Getafe‘s lines with ease.
The Coliseum is a tough place to go and Getafe are a physically imposing team to face, but Pedri floated about as Barcelona‘s conductor, shining where Frenkie de Jong didn’t.
Two years ago, Pedri was rejected by Real Madrid after having trials at Valdebebas. There, on a poor pitch, he wasn’t able to show off his true ability.
Now, he’s burst on to the scene of top flight football wearing a Barcelona top and has his entire career ahead of him. While others the same age are trying to find their feet in youth teams, Pedri is doing it in the first team.
On Saturday, he made a pass to Antoine Griezmann that reminded you of one of his idols, Michael Laudrup. Pedri‘s father used to show him videos of the great Dane in the hope that he could replicate his game, in particularly his precision and clarity of pass.
Against Getafe, there was evidence to suggest that Pedri has indeed modelled his game on Laudrup.
The former Las Palmas player is now part of a new generation at Barcelona and, alongside Ansu Fati, his role in Koeman‘s squad is sure to grow over the course of the season.