Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez talked up Ansu Fati after seeing the teenager make his first La Liga start of the season in the team’s 1-0 win over Real Mallorca at Son Moix on Saturday, October 1.
Fati had not started a game in the Spanish top flight for almost a year due to ongoing injury problems but lined up alongside Ousmane Dembele and Robert Lewandowski for the Catalan giants.
The teenager also picked up an assist for the only goal of the game, scored by Lewandowski, and was praised by his manager after the full-time whistle, as reported by Goal.
“Ansu has been very good, I have seen him at 100%, these two weeks have done him very well, he has been extraordinary in training. Ansu has proposed to be important, and I’m convinced that he will be.”
Fati was fresh for the game as he had not been called up to the Spain squad over the international break for Nations League fixtures against Switzerland and Portugal. The decision does, however, mean he could miss out on the World Cup which begins in November.