Allow me to be very honest for a moment. There are a lot of stars at La Masia who get plaudits around the world, but there are also those gems who somehow go unnoticed.
Rodrigo Tarin is one of those gems.
The 17-year-old centre-back is not just one of the best defenders to come through La Masia recently: he could end up being one of the best ever.
If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will.
He is a pure defender who knows how to take the ball off an attacker as well as win the ball in the air. He is always a vocal leader and makes very few mistakes. He has drawn comparisons to both Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos but has the talent one day to become even better.
There is no such thing as a sure thing when talking about young players, but Tarin is about as close as it gets. Keep a very close eye on the defender and expect to see his name in the papers very soon.
Tarin should earn his place in the first team in a few years. His talent level is very high and the sky is the limit for him. Who knows? Maybe one day the Barcelona back line will be led by the duo of Marc Bartra and Rodrigo Tarin.
Which youth players are you the most excited about? Who do you see in the Barcelona’s first team? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
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