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Barcelona On Track To Tie This Winger Down To A New Contract: Wise Move For Koeman?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Marca has recently reported that Barcelona are on track to tie Ansu Fati down to a new contract as the talks between the player and the club have already gotten underway. It is understood that the Spanish youngster’s current deal will run out in the summer of 2022, so the Catalans are eager to tie him up on a lucrative contract so that his long-term future at the Nou Camp is sorted (via Marca).

Fati’s Impressive Start Despite Long-Term Injury

The 18-year-old has made a bright start to this campaign after producing a string of productive displays from the wide areas. Fati has registered five goals and four assists in ten matches for Barca this term in all competitions. However, he is currently out of action for a long time due to a serious knee injury. The Bissau-born player underwent knee surgery earlier this month and is expected to be sidelined during the winter months.

Despite his recent injury, Fati has earned a lot of plaudits for his offensive contributions as he has averaged 2.0 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in La Liga this season. He has even distributed the ball accurately based on his pass completion rate of 83.8% in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

Barcelona on-track to tie Fati down to a new contract (Fati is seen in the picture)
Barcelona´s Guinea-Bissau forward Ansu Fati controls the ball during the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Real Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 25, 2019. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

What Does The Spanish Whizkid Bring To The Table?

Fati is one of the fastest players in Spanish football as he can breeze past his marker with ease using his pace, agility and excellent ball control. He is proficient at getting to the byline to either orchestrate a goal-scoring opportunity for himself or set-up a teammate in front of the opponent’s goal.

The Spanish wide player has enjoyed the challenge of playing with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. Plus, he has sometimes kept Ousmane Dembele out of Koeman’s first-team which goes to show just how well he is developing at the Nou Camp. However, his recent injury came as a big blow for him, especially when he was playing some of the best football of his career. At 18, Fati will only get better with each season as long as he can maintain a clean bill of health in the years to come.

Barcelona On Track To Tie Fati Down To A New Deal: Wise Move For Koeman?

All in all, it could be a wise move for Barca to tie Fati down to a fresh, long-term contract as he could potentially be a generational talent in the future. Koeman should concentrate on building a team around the youngster when Messi ends up parting ways with the club as he is clearly not afraid of the limelight and has what it takes to be Barca’s main man over the next decade.

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