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Valverde-Setién: 14-0 in youth squads

first_imgNor should we forget that Setién has had the real possibility of giving minutes to players of the subsidiary, especially in the Copa del Rey competition, where it was played with teams like Ibiza, Second B, but finally decided to bet on first team players in their vast majority.His predecessor in office, Ernesto Valverde, was also widely criticized for not betting on the people of the house. Nevertheless, During the two and a half seasons that he was in charge of the first team, the ‘Txingurri’ managed to debut a total of 14 players. The first on the list was striker José Manuel Arnaiz. From here came the premieres of Marc Cucurella, David Costas and Oriol Busquets. In their second campaign, eight kids premiered in the first team: Juan Miranda, Jorge Cuenca, Chumi, Riqui Puig, Moussa Wagué, Alex Collado, Abel Ruiz and Carles Pérez. And while he was in the 2019/20 academic year, Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo debuted. The excuse that Setién has had little time to start working thoroughly with the quarry is a feasible argumentAlthough the coach himself has publicly acknowledged that he has not been convinced by the players in Blaugrana grassroots football. His phrase, “What do people want: the quarry or move on?” will go down in history. On the day of his presentation, Quique Setién claimed to have a special empathy towards the youth academy and the kids who rise from grassroots football, “if they push and earn it, they can play in the first team”, reason why more than one began to rub their hands believing that the image of a first team plagued by youth squads in the starting team would be repeated very soon. In any case, Very soon it began to be verified that from saying to fact there is a stretch: the initial bets for Riqui Puig or Ansu Fati were mitigated until they became little more than testimonials.In fact, Setién has not debuted any player from the quarry. In the three months he has been on the bench – although the last one has been confined by the coronavirus pandemic – he has had the opportunity to give the alternative to two players: striker Rey Manaj, which he called against Getafe on February 15 and defender Sergio Akieme, who called for the matches against Eibar and Naples, on February 22 and 25, respectively, due to the loss due to injury of Jordi Alba on the left wing. Neither of them finally debuted. Neither is goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, who has been called up in several games.last_img

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