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Barcelona have to make space for Adama Traore

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Barcelona have unearthed yet another gem in Adama Traore.

His wonder goal against Huesca earlier this week has announced the player to the wider footballing public, but the locals have been aware of the youngsters talent for years.

Indeed, back in 2012, a young Barca Juvenil A side went to London to play Tottenham Hotspur in the NextGen Series, a pre-cursor to the UEFA U19 Champions League we see today.

A 16-year-old Traore absolutely ran the Lilywhites ragged all night and although Sandro Ramirez, another recent addition to the first-team at Barca, was on the score sheet, it was Adama that everyone was talking about on their journey home.

It's doubtful there's been a better individual performance at that level before or since. He was that good.

Not a traditional winger

What's interesting about the player is that he doesn't really fit the type of the traditional winger.

Built like a brick wall, his speed from a standing start, given his stature, is quite unexpected.

If he doesn't beat opponents for speed then he will outmuscle them off of the ball because of his physical prowess.

It's a heady mix for a player to posses, and watchers of Barca B have seen on a weekly basis the damage Adama causes.

Munir the beneficiary

Munir El-Haddadi is another who has benfitted handsomely from Adama's excellence in the pass. During the last Liga Adelante season, more than half of Munir's goals were created by Adama.

It's now plainly obvious to everyone connected to the club that the player is ready to make the step up to the first team on a full time basis.

Whilst it's unlikely to be this season, he must be given a squad number for the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign.

The question is, where do they place him. 

When fit, there is no question that Messi, Neymar and Suarez start in the attacking positions. Midfield is another area where Barca are fully stocked.

New right back?

Could the reason that Barca are happy to rid themselves of Martin Montoya and Dani Alves be because they see Adama as next season's wing back?

Or will they afford him just the odd game here or there and an ease of transition over a couple of seasons? 

His emergence must surely spell the end of Gerard Deulofeu's Barca career too. There simply isn't enough room for everyone but Barca absolutely must find room for Adama Traore.

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