Barcelona played the Catalan Super Cup against Espanyol last Tuesday, and while the result (a 1-0 loss) wasn't the best or even important, we got to see some very good Barça B prospects and potential first team future stars.
One of them is Sergi Palencia, who came in late in the second half for a 20-minute debut with the Catalan giants, and boy was he impressive:
Sergi Palencia (@Sergipalencia96 #12) vs RCD Espanyol. Supercopa de Catalunya. #FCBMasia pic.twitter.com/TrarBgmA6E— LD (@neurophate) 26 de outubro de 2016
You may not think this is the greatest debut in history, but for an original right-back to make his first team debut out of position (although he has played at LB for Barça B this season) and play the way he did is very impressive. His determination and tireless effort stand out from the start, and he's got some very good skills to go along with that workrate. He made some very good runs, a disgusting turn that put an Espanyol player in a spin cycle, and combined well with his teammates in terms of passing.
His tackles and challenges are also impressive, meaning this is a full-back who can do it both with and without the ball. Of course, these were just 20 minutes of what was basically a preseason match, but Palencia has certainly caught the eye of Luis Enrique. Thanks to the injury crisis on the Blaugrana defense with only four healthy players, it's not crazy to imagine Palencia being on the squad that faces Granada at the weekend and the one that travels to Manchester City next week.
Welcome, Palencia. You're good, kiddo.