This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Not all La Masia products are meant for greatness and certainly not all make it into Barcelona’s senior team.
Of course, the golden generation with the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets is probably one you get once in a million years but that doesn’t mean the famous Catalan academy has stopped producing talent altogether.
Some, like left-back Marc Cucurella for example, have their obvious qualities but seeing how Barcelona’s senior squad is already stacked with talent at most positions, the 21-year-old’s loan deal to Getafe has proved fruitful.
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And Cucurella seems to be enjoying his stay away from the Catalan capital, recording multiple brilliant performances already, with the latest coming against Real Sociedad in La Liga.
Indeed, Getafe won the game 2-1 against a remarkably tough opponent.
The former La Masia talent recorded two key passes during the match, attempted three crosses and tallied 58 touches, second-highest in the team and only behind Damian Suarez.
But Cucurella was effective going the other way as well, recording a team-highest three interceptions and one tackle under his name in the process.
By all accounts, the young La Masia ace certainly impressed and it does beg the question as to why he was sent out on loan if he already possesses enough quality to compete in La Liga.
Of course, Barcelona ended up buying a new left-back, in the form of Junior Firpo, to relieve Jordi Alba in his time of need but maybe Cucurella could’ve been a cheaper and equally effective choice himself.
We’ll have to wait and see how both players continue performing in the future and whether Barcelona will regret their summer decision or not.