Munir El Haddadi.

Have Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramirez played their last games for Barcelona?

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Barcelona, as a club, are known for their great success in bringing through footballing talent from their La Masia academy.

Names such as Lionel Messi, Carlos Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and more have all travelled a well-worn path from the junior ranks of the club to the senior side.

Many more have passed through the revolving door but haven't been able to make the grade at the club where they grew up.


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Gerard Deulofeu, Cristian Tello, Martin Montoya and Marc Muniesa are just the tip of a very big iceberg.

It would appear that Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramirez could be the next two names to add to an ever-growing list.

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Luis Enrique has shown the utmost faith in the two B team starlets, but they've found the step up a huge struggle. In fairness to Ramirez, he has often had to play out of position.

More robust than his colleague, Sandro's natural habitat is in the central areas where, as he proved on numerous occasions for the juniors, he is at his lethal best.

Playing him out on the wing just doesn't suit the player, therefore it was always going to be difficult to get the very best out of him there.

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Munir has no such excuse. Playing in a slightly wider role was where the youngster excelled for Barca B and the Juvenil A (U19) side.

It was from there where he cut inside and unleashed a shot from inside his own half which nestled in Benfica's net and put the gloss on a UEFA Youth League final win.

A goal that brought him to everyone's attention and a goal now he probably wishes he hadn't scored. For he's never hit the heights since.


A goal that would see that he would play for Barca B, Spain's U19, Barca's first XI and the Spain national side all in the space of six weeks. To see what the fuss was about.

As it turned out, the fuss wasn't about very much at all.

The goal he scored on debut for Barcelona against Elche came in the early stages of last season. He hasn't managed to find the net since.

It's true that, until recently at least, both players had to content themselves with the odd game here or there.

But with Lionel Messi's untimely injury came an eight-week period when either player could really make their mark.

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Lacking confidence

Neither have.

Munir has had the lion's share of each match, normally substituted around the hour mark for his colleague.

Try as they might, and in fairness they have worked hard, the tendency to snatch at chances that would normally be despatched with ease is a sign that both continue to lack the confidence required at this level.

With Messi expected back for El Clasico and the January transfer window just six weeks away, we could well have seen the last of either player in a Barca shirt.

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