The almost 19-year-old Pedri is the absolute revelation of the 2020/21 season. The young Spaniard, after a transfer from second-tier Las Palmas, jumped to the top eleven of FC Barcelona, instantly becoming its key player. This meant that last season he played as many as 52 matches for his club (4 goals and 6 assists), and then he entered the Spanish national team in an equally good style, with which he reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals. Later he played with the national team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, from where he brought a silver medal.
Pedri paid for such a high intensity with muscular injuries that dragged on him in the new season. Due to the recent recurrence of the calf injury, the 19-year-old will not play in 2021, as reported by the daily “AS”.
Unsuccessful news for Barcelona. “Pedri will not be available until January”
“Xavi already knows that he will not be able to count on a midfielder by the end of this year. Pedri will not be available until January. The priority is for the player to deal with his problems with the quadriceps injury of the left leg once and for all” – we read in the journal .
Due to an injury, the 19-year-old appeared in just four games in all competitions in the 2021/22 season. He made his last appearance on the pitch on September 29, when FC Barcelona lost 3-0 to Benfica Lisbon in the Champions League.
Pedri had recovered from the injury for the second time recently, so Xavi decided that the central midfielder needed time to recover under the watchful eye of the team’s physiotherapist boss Carles Nogueira. “The streak of success was slowed down by injuries. He paid for a tremendous effort last season, in which he played 74 matches in all competitions,” the journalists write.
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And they add: “The challenge now is to recover a whole new” Golden Boy “, both physically and mentally.
In the Golden Boy contest organized by the Italian “Tuttosport” for the best under-21 footballer in Europe, Pedri was second to none. Pedri scored 318 points, ahead of the second Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund by less than 200 (119).
– I am proud of this award. Thank you to all the jury members and fans who have supported me in this unbelievable year 2021. And of course a big thank you to Barca and the Spanish national team, as well as to my family, friends and all those who are with me day after day and without whom I could not win of this award – commented winning the Pedri award.