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Barcelona future is promising based on emerging young talent

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Barcelona has been known for producing world class players from their famous youth academy, La Masia.

In fact, there have been some games in which La Blaugrana have started the match with all 11 players coming from their famed youth academy.

The Catalans future still seems as bright as ever, and the production line of youth talent has already produced some very promising players.

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With a squad made up completely of youth academy players, Barcelona 'B' had an incredible season last year and managed to finish in 3rd in the Segunda division.

During the preseason, Barca have showcased these players in order to give them some playing time in the first team. They certainly didn't disappoint and will likely give Luis Enrique some headaches when he decides his starting eleven.

"Lucho" will also look to ease some of these players into the first team and give them as much time as possible.

Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu have left the Camp Nou on loan to Sevilla in order to get some first team experience along with 23-year-old Cristian Tello also went out on loan to FC Porto.

The loan moves will give the players the opportunity to gain some much needed experience on the field rather than watching from the bench. In the case of Suarez and Deulofeu, the two Spaniards will still be getting experience in La Liga.

Munir el Haddadi is another exciting prospect coming from the La Masia production line. The 18-year-old forward is currently Barca's leading goalscorer in preseason, managing to notch four goals.

Earlier this year, Munir el Haddadi scored two of the three goals scored against Benfica in the UEFA Youth League Final. He has grabbed his first team opportunities with both hands and has got the attention of some of the world's best teams including Bayern Munich.

Adama Traore's pace and incredible strength separate him from the rest of his compatriots. The right winger has been given some opportunities with the first team but hasn't been as decisive with them as Munir.

The now Malian international however is also very capable of making a key pass to assist a teammate, a skill that Munir el Haddadi has been very grateful of during their time together.

Sergi Samper is another Spanish youngster that has been waiting to burst into the world stage. Dubbed the next Xavi, Samper is type of player that enjoys controlling and dictating the play.

The 19-year-old also has the ability to make a powerful tackle in defense. A calm and confident youngster, Samper has drawn comparisons to great midfielders like Xavi, Andrea Pirlo and a "modern" Pep Guardiola.

One of the most exciting young prospects in world football is 17 year old Croatian Alen Halilovic. Dubbed the "Croatian Messi", Halilovic has the ability to dribble and beat players with incredible ease and has the vision of someone with maturity way beyond his years.

While he may not have come through Barcelona's youth academy, he has shown that his ability to adapt to new surroundings is just one of his many exciting talents.

Halilovic's display during preseason has only added to the expectations the world has for him, and it is very likely that he can break into the first team by the end of this season.

The list of talented youth coming from Barcelona is endless, other more defensive players such as Edgar Ie, Bagnack and Grimaldo all have incredibly bright futures and will all likely have stints with the first team.

Attackers such as Jean Marie Dongou and Sandro have also really impressed when given the opportunities, and the latter managing to score in the Joan Gamper Trophy.

With the possibility of a transfer ban until 2016 looming large, Barcelona will likely have to turn to the aforementioned prospects for replacements should the need arise. It is also likely that Luis Enrique will look to recall Deulofeu, Suarez and Tello from loan if possible in order to reinforce the squad should the appeal of the ban be upheld by the CAS.

The ban to Luis Suarez from playing any professional matches until mid-October could also be a blessing in disguise for the attacking youngsters as they may be given the opportunity to make a name for themselves and get some time on the pitch. Munir, Traore, Halilovic and Dongou will all look to shine in the absence of the Uruguayan.

It will be an interesting season for Barcelona, as the newly renovated squad will look to reinstate their European dominance and it will also be interesting to see whether the transfer ban will be imposed on the Blaugrana. One things for sure however, the future is very bright for Barcelona and their youngsters.

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