Despite a 2-3 friendly defeat against Club America, Barcelona's youngsters stole the show in Dallas. While the grueling schedule tested the veterans, four La Masia products seized the opportunity to prove their mettle, making a strong case for increased senior team involvement.
1. Marc Guiu: The 17-year-old striker is a natural predator. His two goals in just 44 senior minutes, including a Bilbao match-winner, are a testament to his clinical finishing. With Lewandowski struggling, Guiu's youthful exuberance deserves more than just fleeting cameos.
2. Mika Faye: This Senegalese rock has been dominant for Barca B, and his impressive showing against Club America solidified his credentials. While breaking into the senior center-back rotation may be tough, Faye's talent warrants a senior debut at the very least.
3. Marc Casado: This defensive dynamo doesn't shy away from challenges. His 7 ground duels won and 6 tackles in just an hour against America showcased his tenacity. Casado deserves more than benchwarming - his ability to win tackles and cover ground could earn him valuable minutes as Frenkie de Jong's understudy in the defensive midfield role.
4. Hector Fort: Fort's link-up play with Guiu led to Barcelona's first-half goal and his defensive display on the right flank was assured. With Araujo and Kounde preferring central roles and Cancelo on the left, Fort emerges as a reliable option for right-back rotation.
Barca's demanding schedule may require veteran experience, but the Dallas friendly proved that La Masia's future is bright. By integrating these talented youngsters into the senior squad, Xavi can inject youthful energy and build a sustainable future for the Blaugrana.
Will Marc Guiu become the next Barca legend? Can Mika Faye crack the center-back conundrum? Will Casado and Fort earn regular first-team appearances? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: Barca's youth has ignited a spark that deserves to be fanned into a blazing fire.