Fermín López (El Campillo; 20 years old) broke into the Dallas classic by surprise on the same day that Nico signed for Porto. The convulsion in La Masia continued the following morning when Arnau Tenas was the one who presented himself as the goalkeeper of Luis Enrique’s PSG. Nico, the son of Fran, who played on loan at Valencia, and Tenas, the Under-21 international goalkeeper, were presented as two of the best players in the Barça youth academy. His resume had been circulating in the media for a long time and lately they had already been associated with the professional squad, with promises that have ensured success, so much so that Xavi’s delay was questioned for not giving them prominence, not even in the friendlies in America. Nothing or little was known meanwhile about Fermín. Until the Barça-Madrid of the AT&T Stadium.
Fermín López made it 2-0 (m. 84) after controlling and directing a pass from Sergi Roberto, enabled by Ansu’s recovery against Kroos, and finishing from outside the area with a left-footed shot that was impossible even for a goalkeeper like Courtois. The striker, who came out in the 66th minute, continued his festival with a check and a bounced pass that enabled Ferran Torres for the final 3-0 (m. 90). There was no player capable of stopping the jubilant career of the talented Andalusian interior-extreme, finally omnipresent after being ignored as a child since youth, when there was no way for him to catch on and the coaches passed it on without him finding a destination, he finally recovered last season in Linares: 12 goals and four assists in the 1st RFEF brought him back to Barça.
“He can help us a lot during the season,” warned Xavi, who has been his supporter, after contrasting his quality in training at the Ciudad Deportiva. The coach was so impressed that Fermín was not only part of the expedition to the American tour, along with six players from the youth academy, but also played some good minutes against Arsenal and Madrid. “He has the last pass and mid-range shot, something we lacked last year,” added the coach. “He uses both legs – he made it 2-0 with his left and assisted with his right at 3-0 -, he can play on both wings and he has talent and mentality, a lot of personality and hunger, self-confidence, at the same time that he plays easy And simple. I like what I see ”, Xavi finished off about that boy who did not grow up and who today measures 1.76m and talks about the classic with his friends Gavi and Balde.
Incorporated from Betis in 2016, after an initial stage at Recreativo de Huelva, when Barça only signed Spanish promises due to the FIFA sanction, Fermín had a hard time adapting to La Masia and settling in the different teams of the youth academy that when he arrived at the subsidiary he agreed with the club that the best solution was a loan to Linares. And there, close to the family, that boy whom no one dared to dismiss for his artist feet, became a giant, admired even by Pedri: “I like him a lot, I see him with grit and quality,” said the man from Tenerife. with the complicity of Xavi, reconciled with the Barça youth system. Nico and Tenas leave; Fermin stays. Impossible to go unnoticed after excelling in Dallas.
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