Very good first half of the season from Barça B, but, being self-critical, there’s still much to improve. The Azulgranas must learn to translate their extraordinary football into results, and be more solid away from home to have a chance of promotion to the Second Division.
The development of the bright talents is being highly satisfactory so far. Most of the youngsters whose last season was their first one with Barça B are now a year older, and therefore more mature and experienced. Riqui Puig has been even more dominant as, apart from being a joy to the eye, he has made a difference near the box too.
Monchu, utterly underrated, has led this side with his personality and also his brilliant technique and energy. Collado is more influential at present. Araújo keeps enhancing his ball-playing capabilities. Kike Saverio, while he needs to be more clinical, has stepped up in Carles Pérez’s absence.
Dani Morer for me is the culés’ most improved player this season, and may be ready to make his senior debut if needed. Mingueza has impressed too and taken his opportunity when Cuenca has been injured. On the other hand, Jandro Orellana is an architect, a delightful passer. I must admit that he’s one of my personal favourites. He has translated his form from the Juvenil to Barça B, and he should be irreplaceable in the pivot position.
Regarding the newcomers, Akieme has been impressive, understanding Riqui and Kike very well on the LW. Hiroki Abe struggled to adapt at first, but, once he has started generating superiorities in the middle from the false 9 role, he has been very useful for Pimi.
Besides, Ludovit Reis had a breakthrough 18/19 campaign at the Eredivisie, but I still don’t get why he was signed. Abel Ruiz has been the other negative, and his exit is getting closer.
In short, the main objective is clearly being met: prepare the boys for the first team. Riqui, Collado, Monchu, Iñaki Peña, Araújo…are all ready. However, in the final stage of their development, they need to start obtaining better results as a collective. Promotion to the Segunda is not an obligation, but would be a proof that they are prepared for the high competitiveness of the elite.