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Back in December, I predicted that Sergio Roberto would break into Barcelona's first team before his 21st birthday.
At the rate he's progressing, he might break into it sooner.
Just two months from my first post on Roberto, Roberto has doubled his total number of games for Barca's first team.
He's played the full 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Osasuna in La Liga, and also played the full 90 in a Copa Del Rey last 16 matchup with Osasuna, a game in which he scored the winner for Barcelona.
Like Dos Santos, Roberto's position helps his chances of promotion to the first team. As a central or attacking midfielder, Roberto's current competition in the first team consists of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Thiago Alcantara.
Cesc Fabregas and Seydou Keita are also capable of playing as central or attacking midfielders, but Fabregas has been used as a winger or striker so frequently this season that it's hard to consider him as someone who'll push Roberto further down the depth chart.
As for Keita, he's been primarily used as a defensive midfielder by Pep Guardiola, so he poses a very minimal threat to Roberto's playing time.
Breaking it down, Roberto has only three (and a half with Fabregas) players to contend with for playing time in two positions.
He won't pick up many starts obviously considering the superior quality of those three (and a half) players, but there will definitely be playing time available to him.
Of course, the eventual return of Ibrahim Afellay has to also be factored in.
The Dutch international's future looks rather uncertain right now. Roberto has proven himself to be a good player in limited PT with the first team, and I expect he'll be one of the first Barca B prospects to make the permanent step up next season.