There is perhaps no player whose reputation has grown in 2019/20 to the same extent as that of Ansu Fati. He was only 16 when he made history with Barcelona, when becoming the youngest player in La Liga history to register both a goal and an assist in the same game. In that 5-2 victory over Valencia, he needed just seven minutes to do so.
Only 110 seconds had passed when the forward scored from Frenkie de Jong’s low cross, with a right-footed finish. After a further five minutes he advanced into the penalty area before playing the pass from which De Jong then scored. Many fine players have progressed through Barca’s Masia in the modern era, but since Pep Guardiola’s departure in 2012 there have been fewer. That Ansu has made such progress – and having been sidelined first by a transfer ban imposed on Barca, and then a broken leg – means that hopes around him are particularly high.