For a couple of seasons, the Barcelona has started to reactivate a very important element of your story: the quarry. Players like Mingueza, Riqui Puig, Ilaix or Ansu Fati they have made the leap to the first team. The last talent that debuted Koeman, yesterday against him Getafe, it’s Gavi. Did it with 17 years and after replacing Sergi Roberto. These are 10 things that maybe you did not know about him:
This point helps me to link with another promise for the future of Barcelona. Gavi is beginning to write his history at the club with the help of Nico González, son of the legendary former Deportivo footballer, Fran. The Andalusian made his debut this April with the Barça subsidiary replacing Nico, and yesterday both had their debut with the first team against Getafe. They did it just 1 minute apart.
It is noteworthy that the confidence that Koeman has in this boy must be very great. He already used it a lot in preseason and yesterday he made his debut even though he was touched. Not surprisingly, he had broken his jaw in the game that Barcelona played against Salzburg (2-1). That is why he had to play with a mask against Getafe.
Gavi was born in the Sevillian town of Los Palacios y Villafranca. Until he was 11 years old he played in the lower categories of Betis. At the end of the 15/16 season, Barcelona captured him for their grassroots football and in just 5 years he has already made his debut with the first team.
In March 2021, and still 16 years old, Gavi made his debut with Barcelona B. He was of Cadet age, a team in which he had played just 12 months before. That is, in just a year and a half he has gone from playing games against teenagers to the elite of Spanish football.
In Gavi’s DNI you can read Pablo Pérez Gavira. As you can deduce, the nickname is given to him by his second surname. The affection he has for his mother and the less common of that surname facilitated the choice
Gavi’s projection at the club level has also been accompanied by the Spanish team. Not in vain, he has played in the lower categories of the Red since 2018. He has already been called up with the U18, but seeing the policy of incorporating young people that Luis Enrique has (Pedri, Ansu Fati, Eric García, …) we cannot rule out that debut shortly as absolute if it continues like this,
Seeing a 17-year-old footballer make his debut always makes us ask ourselves the same question: how many players debuted younger than him? In the entire history of Barcelona, just four, Gavi was 17 years and 24 days old yesterday when he took to the field against Getafe. Only Vicenc Martínez (16 years and 275 days), Ansu Fati (16 years and 295 days) and Bojan Krkic (17 years) had an earlier premiere.
Likewise, one of the things that most interest the fans of Gavi to know, especially Barcelona, is where he plays. Well, his natural position is that of attacking midfielder. However, his great talent with the ball allows him to fall for more attacking positions. Yesterday without going any further he replaced Sergi Roberto, who acted as an interior.
He played his first important tournament with Barcelona’s grassroots football in 2016. Gavi was just 11 years old and had just signed, as we have said before, from Betis. The Fallas Ciudad de Burriana Trophy was held in Castellón and was won by Alevín A from Barcelona. The decisive goal in the final was scored precisely by Gavi … against Betis !! The Catalans won 2-1 and Gavi was chosen Player of the tournament
The two players that his junior coaches have compared Gavi to give us an idea of the potential this boy has. When he played in the Cadet, his game was already assimilated to that of Thiago Alcántara or Andrés Iniesta. Almost nothing.