The much-anticipated arrival of 18-year-old Brazilian striker Vitor Roque at Barcelona is inching closer and closer, and Xavi Hernández confirmed the date for the Brazilian’s start to life at the Catalan capital in his pre-match press conference ahead of the La Liga clash with Almería.
Xavi also spoke about his expectations for Roque’s role in the team, and cautioned the media and the fans to exercise some patience with the young Brazilian as he settles into life in a new country and gets to play for his dream club.
“If everything goes well, he will join us after the holidays. We are in contact with him so that he arrives in good condition.
“He’s a hope for the team. He’s a very good signing and I think he can contribute a lot to us. So many positive things come to mind, I don’t have time to think about the alternative. Work, goals, sacrifice… He’s a player that attacks the space.
“We cannot put pressure on Vitor Roque or young people like Lamine. They have to go step by step. We have to take a step forward as a team. We need to make the difference, we lack effectiveness in the areas. The lack of effectiveness has weighed on us in many games. If we want to turn things around in La Liga, we need to improve there.”
Barça’s first match of 2024 is a league game on Thursday, January 4 away to Las Palmas, and the hope is that Vitor Roque’s registration will be completed in time for his debut in that game.