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Who is Ilias Akhomach, the 17-year-old pearl who surprised Xavi in ​​the first eleven? | LaLiga Santander 2021

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 Who is Ilias Akhomach, the 17-year-old pearl who surprised Xavi in ​​the first eleven?  |  LaLiga Santander 2021

LaLiga Santander 2021 – 2022

Barcelona

The left-handed winger of Moroccan origin is 17 years old and plays for the lower categories of the Spanish team. He has played eight games with Barça B

Ilias, during the warm-up before the game against Espanyol.ALBERT GEAREUTERS

The first eleven of Xavi Hernandez for his debut as coach of Barça he came with a novelty. Against Espanyol, an unknown name as a starter, a youth squad named Ilias Akhomach who makes his professional debut at age 17.

“He is a winger who goes away, who has one against one, he tries, gives amplitude. And because of our game model we need that. He deserves the opportunity,” Ó defined him.scar Hernández, Xavi’s assistant, in the preview of the derby on the microphones of Barça TV.

But who is Akhomach? He was born in Igualada on April 16, 2004, although he grew up in Hostalets de Pierola, a small town in the Noya region. The left-handed winger is the last pearl of the Barça quarry, which this season, largely due to the needs of the first team, is seeing how the La Masia boys burst into force.

“It is the Messi that comes”

Ilias, whose parents are both born in Morocco although he has already made his debut with the lower categories of the Spanish team, started at his hometown club, but was soon recruited by Barça, where his older brother played. However, it was not all a meteoric path. Well, a few years later, he had to leave the club. A step back to come back with more force.

He continued training in one of Barça’s linked teams, the Gimnastic de Manresa, where he soon returned to shine. He drew the attention of several European clubs, although he soon convinced Barça scouts to return.

Recently, he was promoted from youth A to Barcelona B. In eight matches in the First RFEF, the winger has scored two goals, both against Sevilla Atlético on November 6. Curiously, that game was already witnessed live by Xavi at the Johan Cruyff. In the next match, against Sanluqueño, he suffered a sprained ankle from which he has recovered to fulfill his dream of debuting in the derby with the Barça first team.

Patrick Kluivert, Former head of Barça youth football, he came to compare Ilias with his own Messi. “He is Messi who is coming,” he announced in an interview with SER in 2019. He has become the tenth youngest player in the history of the Barça to debut with the first team.



Reference from elmundo