‘Fati is not normal!’ – why do Barcelona want Neymar when they have Ansu Fati?

Valverde showers praise on Barca wonderkid after Valencia rout

Fati substituted during a la liga match against Valencia 2019/2020 La liga season

The 16-year-old forward contributed a goal and an assist inside seven minutes of a dominant win for his team in the absence of Lionel Messi.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde struggled for words to describe teen sensation Ansu Fati after the forward played a key role in his side’s 5-2 thrashing of Valencia on Saturday. 

Rocked by the sudden sacking of Marcelino midweek, Los Che endured a torrid afternoon at Camp Nou, despite the absence of the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez from the hosts’ starting line-up. 

Fati, 16, making his first Liga start, took full advantage of those absences in a stellar performance alongside Antoine Griezmann and Carles Perez up front. 

The youngster needed just two minutes to open the scoring, and then added an assist for Frenkie de Jong as Barca went 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes. 

Gerard Pique added another before Suarez, making his first appearance since Barca’s opening-day defeat at the hands of Athletic after recovering from injury, came off the bench to score a double against the demoralised visitors, who hit through Kevin Gameiro and Maxi Gomez. 

All eyes were on Fati, though, who now has two in the current Liga campaign; and Valverde admitted that the youngster’s emergence had taken him by surprise. 

The youngster needed just two minutes to open the scoring, and then added an assist for Frenkie de Jong as Barca went 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes. 

“It is not easy for anyone to play for Barca, even less so for someone as young as Ansu Fati… It is not normal for him to score on the first ball, assist in the second,” the coach told reporters after the final whistle.

Ansu has qualities that suit us, we will see the potential he has.”

After scoring his first goal against Valencia 2019/2020 La liga season

Fati’s stunning start to life at Barca has attracted inevitable comparisons with Messi, who also broke into the Barca first team before turning 18.  

Valverde, however, is keen to play down those links and hopes his new sensation focuses on his own game.  

“I do not care if Ansu Fati’s start has been compared with Messi’s,” he added.  

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