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There were a lot of candidates for this spot. Femenia Kiko, Carles Planas and of course Gerard Deulofeu were all names I considered including.
However, for various reasons, I decided to leave them off in favor of Sergi Roberto.
At just 19 years old, Sergi Roberto is the youngest player on this list.
However, he's already progressed far enough as a player to be called up to Spain's U-21 squad, and has made two appearances for Barcelona this season, scoring in one (in the Champions League) and assisting a goal in the other (in the Copa del Rey).
Furthermore, his contract was renewed this year until June 2015.
As an attacking midfielder, Sergi Roberto is unlikely to be called up to the first team any time soon as FC Barcelona's first team is filled with attacking midfielder options in the form of Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta and Ibrahim Afellay.
However, before Sergi Roberto becomes 21, I expect him to break into the first team.
At present, those are my picks for the five Barca B stars most likely to shine in 2012. Is there anyone else you expect to break into the first team in 2012? Anyone on this list who you think won't be good enough in 2012 to break into the first team? Please leave your input in the comments section below.