It was always going to be an uphill battle for Pablo Torre to see minutes in his first season at Barcelona. Competing against the likes of Pedri Gonzalez, Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie for a place in the team, the 20-year-old was understandably the last-choice midfielder for Xavi Hernandez.
The departure of Sergio Busquets takes the youngster one step higher on the rung for the time being. However, he could find himself back where he started if the Catalans’ pursuit of Ilkay Gundogan bears fruit in the coming window.
According to a report from SPORT, Barcelona want to send Torre out on loan to a La Liga team next season. However, the young phenom believes he can make his mark under Xavi Hernandez in 2023-24 and is pushing to stay.
The Blaugranas understand that regular playing time is a necessity for the youngster’s development at this stage of his career. Yet, the manager has his hands tied and understandably cannot guarantee the him minutes.
In fact, this is not the first time Barcelona are trying to send the player out for experience. The manager insisted last season that Torre join up with the Barça Atletic setup to acclimatise with the club’s playing style and develop his profile. On that occasion, too, he refused to budge.
Reports suggest that the club staff are unsatisfied with the youngster’s behaviour off the field, and many even see it to be the reason behind his drought for minutes.
Xavi personally intervened to ensure that the prodigy signed for Barcelona, but for one reason or another, Torre’s first season has far from lived up to the expectations.
Torre has only made seven appearances for Barcelona in La Liga this season and has created one big chance in that duration. He got his first start for the club just last month and even produced a fine display on the night against Real Valladolid.
A final decision will be made after pre-season, looking at the youngster’s impact on the field and what he can bring to the table.