Barcelona midfielder Oriol Busquets has joined FC Twente on a season-long loan, via Sport English.
The 19-year-old will link up with his former La Masia team-mates Aitor Cantalapiedra, Javier Espinosa and Julio Pleguezuelo in Holland, each of whom currently play for the Eredivisie outfit.
Twente, formerly managed by ex-England boss Steve McClaren, recently won promotion back to the Dutch first division having been relegated from the country’s top-flight in 2018.
Busquets has made only two appearances for Barcelona’s first-team – both coming in the Copa del Rey – but is deemed to be a player for the future at the Nou Camp, and has regularly trained with the senior pro’s at their Ciutat Esportiva training complex.
He was a regular fixture for the club’s B team – who play in Segunda Division B – last season, starting 25 games for the second-string, scoring one goal.
Playing in the Eredivisie with FC Twente, where he should see plenty of minutes, may be beneficial to Busquets’ career. Many British footballers are sent on loan to the Netherlands to gain first-team experience – including Chelsea’s Izzy Brown – as it is such a technically-recognised division.
The club average 50% possession (per FootyStats) which could be a good fit for a player who can ‘dominate rondos’ (via Sport) in a similar manner to Sergio Busquets. Indeed, the club’s coaches ‘have worked since he arrived to help improve his coordination to help a player of his height, 1.85m, to have the agility and speed of movement necessary to play in the pivot position’, so maybe a move to a league slightly lower than La Liga can help further that development.
Hopefully for the 19-year-old Catalonian, he will be able to benefit from regular game-time in the Netherlands and come back in a year’s time, ready to stake a claim for a spot in Ernesto Valverde’s senior squad.
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