As things stand, Ansu Fati is undergoing a challenging spell in his relatively short career.
For starters, the youngster has had to be patient with his playing time this season, with Xavi understandably easing him into proceedings off the bench.
While a start in Barcelona’s latest 3-0 win against Elche seemed on the cards for the prolific winger, the wonderkid was reduced to coming off the bench, due to feeling a slightly muscular discomfort before the game.
With Fati’s fitness woes still being a cause for concern and his game-time being relatively low so far, the generational talent endured another blow when he discovered that Luis Enrique had excluded him from Spain’s squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures.
As a result, it is no surprise to discover that those around Ansu Fati have stated that the player is going through difficult moments, as reported by CuleMania (h/t FCB World).
Considering the much-awaited Qatar World Cup begins as soon as November, it would not be a surprise to discover that the 19-year-old is worried about whether he ends up making the grade
After all, the ideal way of changing Enrique’s mind before he makes his final selections is by proving his worth on the pitch.
However, that is easier said than done in the La Masia graduate’s case, who is being eased in by Xavi, considering the player’s alarming injury history.
Of Barcelona’s eight matches across all competitions this season, Fati has started just one game so far, in the UEFA Champions League against Viktoria Plzen, indicating how cautious Xavi has been with him.
While the teenager is believed to be working on his strength and conditioning during the international break, there is no denying that he has a lot on his plate at the minute.
Ultimately, every young player experiences peaks and troughs in their careers and Ansu Fati is no different. And Barcelona fans will hope that he emerges from this difficult phase in a triumphant manner.