Ansu Fati does not raise his head at Brighton

Ansu Fati remains stagnant.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
03 April 2024 Wednesday 16:29
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Ansu Fati does not raise his head at Brighton

Ansu Fati remains stagnant. The player owned by FC Barcelona was not called up for the match between Brentford and Brighton, which ended 0-0. Furthermore, his coach, Roberto De Zerbi, sent him a harsh message at the press conference: "he has to give something more, because what he is doing is not enough."

The Italian coach, one of those wanted by Barça to relieve Xavi, assured that his non-call was a technical decision: "I decided that Fati and Barco were not in the team for this match because I wanted them to work alone to improve their physical condition," De Zerbi noted after the match.

Furthermore, the Brighton coach commented that the Spanish international footballer "must improve his performance, improve his physical condition, improve his mentality, because to play in the Premier League you have to be mentally stronger, physically stronger," commented the Italian. .

Even so, the 44-year-old coach continues to trust the Barça player: "He is working very well, but I have different expectations, although I do not change my opinion about Ansu Fati. He is one of the best talents in the world at his age and our responsibility is to help him improve," De Zerbi added.

Since signing for the English team, Ansu Fati has played 23 games, ten of them as a starter. In his journey through British lands, the 21-year-old footballer has scored four goals, two in the Premier and two in the Europa League, although all of them in 2023.

The Barça player, who was injured in November, spent two months in dry dock. However, since he returned in February, he has only played two games as a starter. Likewise, Ansu Fati has not worn shorts since March 14, spending 90 minutes on the bench against Liverpool this weekend and without even being called up yesterday.

Fati's future at Barça is not at all clear. The Spanish player has a contract until 2027, but it seems difficult for him to stay in the Barça discipline. The overbooking of wingers and his poor performance at Brighton do not invite optimism with a footballer who does not raise his head under the orders of De Zerbi.