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Barcelona B, 2010-2011
I realize that this in itself seems questionable being the goal more indicative of requiring immediate results but hear me out.
Roma has done incredibly well to acquire young talents such as Eric Lamela (River Plate), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona), and Jose Angel (Sporting de Gijon) but the side would do even better to continue the trend.
In light of the change in tactics that will no doubt ensue following the hiring of Luis Enrique it would be wise to acquire young prospects with experience in the Barcelona’s tiki-taka system.
Given the nature of football I do not imagine nor suggest that there be numerous acquisitions made but possibly two or three.
That said, I do not mean to imply that La Masia graduates are of better quality than any other academy but that their knowledge of and experience in the system alone would make them more than serviceable as reserves in immediate fashion. Quality reserves for the present that could become very important players in a simple matter of time.
Having brought Barcelona B much success Enrique, if he so desired, would have as good a chance as anybody to land (or abduct) the likes of Sergi Roberto, Rafa Alcantara (Thiago’s brother), Martin Montoya, or Marc Bartra among others.
This is also a particular situation where we may see Bojan’s influence be felt off the pitch as the young player’s experiences with the senior side can be seen as somewhat of a precautionary tale to lure these up and comers elsewhere.