The 7 Barcelona players on loan in 2020-21 and how they fared

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It’s been a season of ups and downs for Barcelona under Ronald Koeman, but there are some glimmers of hope for the future.

18-year-old midfielder Pedri has already got on wonderfully with Lionel Messi, while Ansu Fati seemed to have made great strides before his season was cut short by an injury.

With all the administrative questions behind the scenes, the future at Camp Nou could still be bright. They also have young talent emerging elsewhere. This is what happens to her seven borrowers in the period 2020-21.

Emerson Royal

The details of Emerson’s contract position are a bit complex as both Barcelona and Real Betis have held the rights since he moved from Atletico Mineiro in 2019.

The Brazilian right-back is technically in his second full season at Betis, which is technically part of a two-year loan from Las Blaugranas, with a reported option to sign him on a permanent € 6m deal this summer.

He got noticed at Betis and it looks likely that Barcelona will take advantage of this option even if the goal is to sell him on for a profit. PSG and AC Milan have both been linked.

Emerson’s stock has fallen a bit, however, given Betis’ troubles this season. He scored three goals and six assists in La Liga last season, but he doesn’t have to contribute directly to a league goal for the ailing team in 2020/21. Even so, he remains highly rated and seems destined to play at a higher level next season.

Jean-Clair Todibo

Todibo was voted Schalke’s Player of the Month during his half-time loan at the Bundesliga club last season.

The defender has meanwhile been sent to Benfica, but had no insight under the returning coach Jorge Jesus and still has to play a single mission for the club. The expectation is that he will return to Barcelona soon.

Moussa Wague

After playing for Senegal in the 2018 World Cup as a teenager, he was predicted for big things.

Wague only played five games in the half-season on loan in Nice last season, with the Ligue 1 club having decided not to activate its purchase option.

He has since been loaned to Greek team PAOK but suffered a serious knee injury in December and could stand on the sidelines for up to nine months.

Juan Miranda

Miranda, a marginal figure in David Wagner’s ailing Schalke last season, now appears for his youth club Real Betis.

The left-back had to wait for opportunities at Benito Villamarin, but is now starting more regularly under Manuel Pellegrini. He scored a brilliant free kick against Mutilvera recently and was next to Emerson on the scorers’ list.

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Monchu

Mallorca-born midfielder Monchu, another former Barcelona B mainstay, finally made his first-team debut in the summer and helped watch the club beat Naples 3-1 in the Champions League.

It doesn’t look like any more appearances will follow as he was loaned to Girona in an option-to-buy deal at the end of the season for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old has started 17 of his 20 games so far, scored once and received a red card.

The Catalan side are experiencing a disappointing campaign as they look to return to La Liga and are currently 8th in the Segunda.

Sergio Akieme

Former Rayo Vallecano left-back Akieme has yet to make his debut for Barcelona first-team but was a mainstay of the B-team last year.

He is now on loan for Almeria, Segunda Division, and starts regularly in the promotion challenge. In the second division they currently occupy third place.

Carles Alena

The Barcelona-born central midfielder has played nearly a hundred games for the club’s B-side and another 44 for the senior side, including 17 in La Liga when the club won the title in 2018/19.

However, after Ernesto Valverde was fired, he was marginalized. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Real Betis and only made two league replacements during Ronald Koeman’s reign.

He has now been loaned out to spend the remainder of the 2020-21 season at Jose Bordalas’ stubborn Getafe, but he has yet to make his debut.


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