Barcelona academy director Patrick Kluivert believes that Ansu Fati should play in the B team for a while in order to get more minutes before continuing with the first-team.
Fati’s rise this season has been meteoric. He made his debut at the age of 16 years and 298 days against Real Betis, becoming the youngest player to play for the club since 1941.
He then went on to play against Osasuna in their 2-2 draw and scored a goal in that match to become the youngest goal-scorer for the club in the league in the process. Following his impressive cameos, Ernesto Valverde handed the teenager his first start against Valencia.
️ — Kluivert: "Ansu Fati should drop down to B team if he doesn't get minutes."— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 20, 2019
The Blaugrana won that match 5-2 with Fati scoring a goal and assisting another to become the youngest player in the history of La Liga to score and assist a goal each in the same match.
Since then, while he might have appeared a few more times for the team, he hasn’t been able to contribute much. As a result, he has been spending more time on the bench and Kluivert thinks that he should go back to Barcelona B and gain some minutes.
“It's being overseen more by (sporting director Eric) Abidal and (his assistant Ramon) Planes,” he said as per Goal.
"We're communicating well with each other. If all the first-team players are at 100 per cent, I have the feeling that he will have to play for Barca B to get some minutes in his legs. We saw that with Carles Perez at the weekend, too," the Dutchman concluded.