Barca are undergoing huge re-structuring after the ‘failure’ of last season. The Catalans have already secured the signing of Brazilian sensation Neymar and are interested in some others. Not only are they planning to buy, they are also planning to sell some players that have been deemed surplus to requirements while some rated youngsters have been made available for loan spells. One of the latter is highly rated Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu. Gerard Deulofeu is a player that is likely to play in the Premier league next season if you judge by Premier League odds.
Barca have put the La Masia graduate up for a loan deal despite him just signing a 4 year deal. The aim is for him to gain experience in a Premier League team since first team opportunities have been rare to find and will be even rarer in the new season. He can play as center forward or a winger and in those positions, he has experienced figures like Messi, Pedro, Iniesta, Sanchez and new acquisition, Neymar ahead of him. At just 19, he could say he would bide his time and that would have made sense if those players were in the twilight of their careers but unfortunately, they are not. In fact, they are yet to step into their best years. Messi (26), Pedro (25), Sanchez (24), Neymar (21).
With these humongous competition ahead of him, his future might lie away from Nou Camp. What then is the rationale of signing a long term deal with him? Simply put, Barca did that to ensure they get a decent fee from his sale. At least that’s better than loosing him for free to the Premier League hawks.
How then does Arsenal come in? Barca want him out on loan to garner some more first team experiences. The Gunners can throw their hat into the ring and secure him on loan, offering him more first team opportunities in the Premier League, Champions League , Capital One Cup and FA Cup and after his loan spell, and if he does well, I think it would be safe betting on Arsenal doing all they can to make it a permanent deal. Having enjoyed more first team opportunities as against the solitary substitutions he enjoyed in the La Liga and Copa Del Rey, it would be easier to convince him to stay put.
What then will he add to Arsenal? Deulofeu is a talented youngster who can play anywhere across the front line (wings and through the center). He might not be able to play as a lone center forward owing to his petite size (stands at 5 ft 11) but he can certainly play on the wings. He has the requisite skills to make it there. Unlike our current English wingers (Walcott and Chamberlain) that aren’t so skillful, he can add the Spanish flair to our wings and give us a different dimension.
Not only will his coming add to the first team, it will also rub-off on the reserves. At 19, he will be eligible to play for the U-21 and with the club doing a major overhaul of the reserves, the acquisition of Deulofeu will be good addition.
La Masia prides itself as the one of the best academies in Europe and on the premise of this, every graduate from there deserves a look at. Wenger, please do.