Spanish football continues to harvest talent in its lower categories and the collection of these fruits does not stop. The last to join the list of great promises of the Spanish team is one of the fashionable names of this season in LaLiga: Pedri gonzalez. With 18 years and just a few months of filming in the First Division, the canary you have already received your first call with the national team.
Natural of Tegueste, a municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife of about 12,000 inhabitants, where their parents, Maria Rosario and Fernando He was raised on the philosophy of humility and effort. “When I was little they taught me that everything is achieved through work and this is what I will do at Barça“, he assured in his presentation as a culé player.
His parents are owners of a humble roadside bar in which they serve typical food from the Canary Islands, attended by several surfers on their way to the areas of Bajamar or Puerto Hidalgo. His father, Fernando, in the bar and living room, while his mother María Rosario and his paternal grandmother Candelaria, they take care of the kitchen offering “real homemade” food as they themselves assure.
Also, the blue and scarlet runs in his veins as it was his grandfather on his father’s side, the one who founded the Barcelona club of Tenerife in 1994, after those Dream Team leagues, as Fernando explained in an interview in La Vanguardia. In addition, he said that since he was 4 years old, when he started playing in the Tegueste juniors, he already knew what it was like to have to compete against older rivals. One of the keys to his ability to evolve in professional football.
A year ago he was playing with Las Palmas and today he is one of the indisputable of Koeman in the eleven of the FC Barcelona and one of the keys to the football rebirth of the Barça team. This season he has already played 40 games with the Catalans, starting as a starter 69% of the time and having played 71% of the total number of minutes. And we remember, he turned 18 in November.
A bet for the future in which Barça seems to have been completely right, which they signed in 2019 and in which they have known how to properly time to favor the development of the player. Pedri stayed one more season in Las Palmas after reaching an agreement with the Catalans with 16 years to continue tanning in the Second Division before making the leap to the elite.
With the yellow ones, played practically all the matches in LaLiga Smartbank, except for those in which he was called up by the lower teams of the selection, where he has been climbing categories in a frenetic way. In fact, since his debut with the U-17 until his arrival at the senior level, it has only elapsed a year and a half.
After signing for Barça, his name became known and more than one already had an eye on the quality details left by the ’28’ of Las Palmas, but nobody imagined that these they would multiply on their arrival in LaLiga. Pedri has shown a maturity unrecognizable for a footballer of his age, confirming again that in sport this is only a number.
Furthermore, under Koeman’s tutelage he has known adapt to a new position offering extraordinary performance. With the Dutchman, he began playing in the three-quarter zone, both on the left wing and in the midpoint with the 4-2-3-1 system he tried to implement.
However, as the season has developed, Pedri has gone on to have a more creative role forming in the midfield with De Jong and Busquets, whose defensive work gives him more freedom to move between the lines, but without sacrificing the work in the rear. In fact, in the match against PSG, the Canarian was the player who recovered the most balls for the Catalans.