Ansu Fati is in a hurry, he wants to recover the lost years in a few months, trapped as he feels since he was injured on November 7, 2020 in a match against Betis.
He needs to play games more than minutes, show at the age of 20 that he deserves to be a starter, the worthy heir since September 2021 of the '10 ′ that Messi wore.
The status that the shirt he assumed in times of famine gives him, when Barcelona fans needed an idol and the Spanish international offered to be the icon in exchange for a million-dollar contract, does not correspond to the role he now has on the field, inferior of course to that of Lewandowski and also that of Ferran Torres.
The footballer's urgency contrasts with the patience that the Barcelona rectors are asking him for today.
Some are the same ones who urged him before to force his comeback and help the team climb positions in the League.
It is not exactly the case of Xavi.
The coach tries to mark the
according to statistics and sensations, a difficult mix in an explosive cocktail if one also takes into account that the player's agent is Jorge Mendes, the agent who replaced Rodrigo Messi —Leo's brother—, and that Bori Fati, the footballer's father, has raised a cry to heaven after the meeting he had with the Barça sports managers.
Bori does not stop talking while Ansu bites his tongue every time he appears publicly, sometimes representing Barça.
Bori recommends his son to "change scenery" in statements to
“If it were up to me, I would take him from Barça;
deserves so much more.
It bothers me that he plays so few minutes.
I think of Sevilla ”, he stated after recalling the city where he arrived from Guinea Bissau, a step prior to Ansu moving from Peloteros de Herrera to La Masia in 2012.
Bori assured that the player is doing so well that he "has more explosiveness than before" and recalled that he is the "franchise footballer", the one who took responsibility when the club was "in the doldrums".
“They accelerated for me to come back.
And now what? ”, concludes Bori Fati.
The role of Mendes
The figure of the Portuguese representative is decisive since he already intervened in the open dispute due to the injury suffered by the player in his left meniscus and which required four interventions between 2020 and 2021. Ansu's recovery was later delayed due to the tear in the tendon proximal biceps femoris injury in his left leg that he suffered in January 2022. Although the club advised him to undergo surgery, the striker opted for conservative treatment that delayed his reappearance and would limit his participation in Barça matches.
The statistics affirm that he is the striker who has participated in the most games: 38;
he has scored 6 goals;
and adds 1,338 minutes.
The problem is that he has only started 11 times and scored one goal, meager figures that evoke his discreet passage through the matches in Japan and Morocco in the World Cup in Qatar.
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The coaches consider that it is better for him to play when the opposing defenses are worn out and there is more space, while Ansu claims more continuity and confidence after confirming that his participation has diminished with the appearance of the fourth midfielder and that he cannot always attack from the flank he likes the most and that it is the left one or the one that corresponds to '11'.
Some images that point to him as a nuisance have not helped him either: Lewandowski reproached him for taking away a shot against Manchester United;
Ferran did not let him take the penalty committed by Almería either;
and Kessié lamented for avoiding a shot on goal at the Bernabéu.
The ball runs so fast that it escapes Ansu's control.
Unlike his father, the player insists on fulfilling the contract that ends in 2027. Although no one would pay the billion clause, the board also knows that a transfer would allow him to settle his accounts a bit, even though he considers it "Barça's assets". .
Xavi's patience seems decisive at a time when everyone is in a hurry, including Ansu.
The slowdown threatens to be as fast as the breakthrough.
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