This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
This might prove to be one of their best moves of the summer as Perez can become the perfect reinforcement for their team.
Perez was not really such a hot topic over the course of the summer transfer window because many other names took the spotlight. There was not much time for outlets to break stories about a talented 21-year-old winger from Barcelona B when Blaugrana were busy buying Antoine Griezmann and chasing Neymar.
But Perez was always there, somewhere in the shadows, not getting noticed but still performing week in week out. Mundo Deportivo’s Ferran Martinez claims that the young forward got a lot of attention after his first games with the seniors in pre-season and also in the first couple of games in the new 2019/20 La Liga season.
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As his performances were very good, multiple teams enquired about his services, with many La Liga teams – as well as some outsiders – mentioned in the report. But the most important thing is that he stayed and, with that decision, Barcelona just might have hit the jackpot.
In so many ways, Perez was Barcelona’s revelation this summer. Before that, he was still in Barcelona B, a team he is also still registered with, and despite him being their top scorer last season, there was not much talk about him in regards to a first team promotion. And that’s not a surprise since Barcelona had different priorities with the aforementioned superstars.
But Perez was the silver lining in a long and unlucky spell of injuries that the Catalans went through. Since almost the entirety of their frontline got sidelined, Perez had to be called up and once that happened, he took the stage by storm. So far, he’s tallied one goal and two assists in the three games he’s played in La Liga this season.
We shouldn’t forget that he’s also still just 21 and he comes for free, as opposed to Barcelona having to dip their toes into the market to find someone as reliable and as capable as he already is. In so many different ways, he ticks all the boxes: young, cheap, talented, already skilled and eager to continue impressing.
Not to mention that he’s only five games away from being officially promoted to the first team since there is a clause in his contract stating that if he plays seven games with the seniors, he will automatically be promoted. But, there’s a catch, he has to at least play 45 minutes in a game for that game to count towards those seven.
So far, he has two games and 14 minutes in the bank.
But either way, it’s just a matter of time.