Barcelona: Carles Perez: A unique opportunity
Barcelona Will work with both Barcelona B and the first team
There are certain shots that come once in a lifetime and you’d better not blow your chance, and that’s exactly the situation facing Carles Perez at this moment, with the Catalan winger having been offered a unique opportunity to stake a claim for a first-team spot at the Camp Nou.
Injuries to Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez, combined with the permanent departure of Malcom to Zenit Saint Petersburg, will see Perez included in Ernesto Valverde‘s squad to face Real Betis on Sunday.
With his work in pre-season, the 21-year-old has been able to convince the senior coaches at Barcelona that he is ready for a chance to shine, with his two performances in Japan against Chelsea and Vissel Kobe both mightily impressive.
With the Neymar situation put to one side, the Blaugrana are down to four attackers at this time: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Suarez and Dembele.
Carles Alena and Rafinha Alcantara can contribute, but they are both more comfortable in a central position whereas Perez is in an ideal situation as he prefers to play out wide.
He will retain his status as a Barcelona B player, but he will train with the senior team and be part of their dynamic on an official basis, as happened with Alena during the 2018/19 season.
At 21 years old, Perez is going to be handed the opportunity to live his dream, but he must be patient, and this Sunday will be the moment where he can jump on a train that seldom passes by.