Barcelona's Adama Traore is one of a crop of young players that, whilst nowhere near being surplus to requirements, are too good for the Segunda B division, but not good enough to break into a side chock full of superstars.
Barca B's unfortunate relegation to the third tier of Spanish football has taught the club a harsh lesson.
Not 12 months before, much the same team were finishing third in the Segunda (Second) division and with a record points total to boot.
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Print and digital media were awash with articles on Barca's next crop of superstars.
However, something went badly wrong and as a result, the Catalans find themselves with a handful of players whose development will be curtailed if they stay at the club. Why?
Because at the present time, a penchant for the "Galactico" signing appears to be the model that Barca are working to.
As such, La Masia graduates who would have genuinely had a chance to make in-roads in the first-team are being forced to ply their trade elsewhere, either on loan or a permanent deal with buy-back option. Traore falls into that category.
The most likely scenario at this juncture will see the lightning-fast winger making a move to the Premier League with Liverpool, Aston Villa and Stoke City all said to be interested in securing his services.
Unlike most imports from the Spanish top flight, Traore will have no problem adapting to the rigours of the Premier League.
Physically imposing, his strength is as much an asset as his speed. His direct running and pure wing play will frighten the life out of even the most experienced defender.
He will need an adjustment period of course. New league, new country etc., but once comfortable in his new surroundings, he will be devastating.
If the Catalans had continued with their policy of promotion from within, it's highly likely that Traore would already be a fixture in the Barca first team now.
He follows another super-talented winger in Gerard Deulofeu out of the Camp Nou exit door and onto greater things, on a personal level.
Alen Halilovic is another team mate that could be making the move to England. "The Croatian Messi" isn't a nickname that has been bestowed lightly on the youngster.
Although Halilovic was bought, rather than educated in La Masia, the purpose to his purchase was so that he would join up with the first-team this summer.
Clearly there is no chance of that happening, hence a fire-sale of sorts for all of Barca's best young players. How many more of this ilk are Barca going to let slip through their fingers on a conveyor belt to the Premier League?
No wonder there is widespread consternation amongst the Blaugrana faithful.
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