La Masia’s Lamine Yamal is unlike anyone and has a special talent, but we need to protect him says former Barcelona star David Villa.
In recent times, La Masia has again asserted its dominance by presenting to the global football stage an array of extraordinary talents.
Barcelona’s La Masia academy, renowned for its unparalleled knack for nurturing footballing prodigies, has consistently unveiled a treasure trove of young talents throughout its storied history.
The likes of Gavi, Alejandro Balde, and the sensational Ansu Fati have all blossomed under its illustrious wing.
However, the latest sensation to emerge from its hallowed halls is the remarkably gifted Lamine Yamal who looks set to often carve his path to stardom in Catalonia.
The 16-year-old sensation has seized the footballing spotlight this season, catapulting himself into the limelight under the nurturing tutelage of Xavi Hernandez.
The young prodigy has featured in every one of Barcelona’s ten league matches this season, With one goal to his name and a pivotal assist.
Former Barcelona and Spain legend, David Villa, recently shared his thoughts on Lamine Yamal in an interview with beIN Sports.
He showered Yamal with praise, acknowledging the young talent’s extraordinary potential but insisted that Barcelona will need to ease the youngster into the team considering his physique. He said:
“What qualities doesn’t he have? When a 16-year-old boy is capable of playing on a La Liga pitch, with the Barça jersey and at this level, we’re talking of someone with a special talent, He’s unlike anyone else, he’s special just to demonstrate all that so young.”
“We have to take care of him (Lamine) because he is only 16 years old, but he is a unique talent who has come to establish himself and we will benefit from him for many years.” He added.
With notable absentees like De jong, kounde, Raphinha, and Robert Lewandowski due to injury, the spotlight now turns to this emerging star to gear the team to victory against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.