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Coutinho, Dembele & Mina - Barcelona’s future is taking shape

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New Barcelona Signing Philippe Coutinho Unveiled Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

As Barcelona continue their amazing unbeaten start to the season, it is clear the club is not caught up in their successes of the present and looking to the future as well. One of the main issues that has consistently been brought up for the past couple of years is the issue of the ageing squad. This year, while consistently fielding a strong squad, Barcelona have begun to look toward the future.

It started with two strong signings over the summer in Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo. Dembele, at only 20 years of age is ready to mark his spot in this team.

While he was out for several months due to injury, Barcelona’s lead in La Liga proves a perfect platform for Dembele to ease into the team with minimal pressure. Not only does this minimize Dembele’s need to prove himself to fans and pundits, but also allows him to play his natural, free flowing game. Attacking the opposition’s players and linking up with other team-mates were the reasons for his arrival and his best is yet to come.

FC Barcelona v Celta de Vigo - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images

The other young summer signing is Semedo. At 24 years of age, the young Portuguese right-back has put in stellar performances when called on and made on impression on all Blaugranes.

With Jordi Alba performing exceptionally on the left flank, Semedo seems like the long-term option at right back, a replacement to the dearly missed Dani Alves.

With these two signings, Barcelona addressed two areas of the squad and improved on one of their main weaknesses.

Moving forward, in the past week, Barcelona announced the signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

The Brazilian maestro has been deemed as the natural heir to Andres Iniesta and has proven his quality for Liverpool the past three seasons. Not only have Barcelona improved the depth and quality of their squad with the signing of Coutinho, but also their age.

At only 25 years, Coutinho can become a future anchor along with Dembele, Samuel Umtiti, and Semedo that Barcelona can build their team around.

New Barcelona Signing Philippe Coutinho Unveiled Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images

And then there’s Mina,the latest arrival who turned 23 in September and is the newest addition to the Barcelona defence, and potentially Samuel Umtiti’s long-term centre-back partner.

While nobody wants to admit that the day will come where Messi, Iniesta, Suarez, and Pique no longer influence games as much as they used to, growing old is something that no player can escape.

While that day will come eventually, Barcelona fans can rest assured that the board has not only recognized that fact, but have begun to solve the problem with their recent signings. If the trend continues, not only will Barcelona excel now, but continue their glory years in the future. Visca Barca!