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    Diego Almeida





    Surprised there is no thread on him yet here. One of the most talented CBs in La Masia, only 17 and has already been called up for Ecuadorian senior NT. His contract is expiring in 2023 and clubs like PSG and Bayer are already following him closely. Barca wants to keep him and will negotiate with his agent Rodrigo Messi.



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    Surprised as well

    Almeida moved from Cadete A to play for Juvenil A in the UEFA Youth CL, only 17 y.o. Likely he could get his B team debut as well but far too early for the 1st team

    As for his strengths, he is an incredibly gifted central defender - both in defense and particularly elegant on the ball
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    Seen a little of him, like him, but Casas (I confused his name with Casado in another thread btw @Bobo32) is more refined on the ball and better positionally.

    Jorge Messi as his agent, pfff this will be a tough one to renew. The Messi's don't seem the most emotionless people and would probably split their assets if the temperature of the Yerba Mate wasn't correct.
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    BTW, talking about Ecuadorians, they have two other young defenders I like from the little I saw from them

    1. Piero Hincapie (19) who was just signed by Bayer Leverkusen last summer. Can play as CB/LB.
    2. Jackson Porozo (Boavista, 21)

    And then other interesting talents like Moises Caicedo (DM/CM, 20, Brighton - currently on loan in Belgium), Gonzalo Plata (winger, 21, Sporting CP, on loan at Valladolid), Diego Palacios (LB, 22, LAFC, we were interested to sign him for Barca B in 2019), Leonardo Campana (ST, 21, Wolves - on loan at Grasshoper) and the most proven of them - Pervis Estupinan who is playing at Villarreal. They were part of the Ecuadorian U20 team that finished 3rd in U20 WC in 2019.

    So they've produced some good talents lately who could be available for relatively cheap if discovered soon. Surely a country I hope Barca scouts are looking in for new talents.

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    Lacks height and been done in the air a few times in the UEFA youth league. Probably why they have been trying him at RB in few of the Juvenile A games recently.

    Not sure if can overcome that height to become a top CB but on ball looks great. A bit like Sergio Ramos.

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    We are in serious danger of losing him. Read he was going to train more with first team to convince him.

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    If they can convince him to stay as a RB he could be perfect for Xavis system if remains like this.

    Boy is as composed and as sweet a striker of a ball as will see but seems to small to be a CB.

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    How tall is he?

    Will only turn 18 in a few weeks so could still grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messi983 View Post
    How tall is he?

    Will only turn 18 in a few weeks so could still grow.
    About the same as Mingueza it would seem. Mingueza is 1.84


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    Mingueza is taller than him and not tall himself.

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    At most a few cm's shorter than Mingueza. Still above 1.80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andresito View Post
    At most a few cm's shorter than Mingueza. Still above 1.80.
    As I said he is smaller than Mingueza and above 1.80 doesnt mean much.

    Would guess it is the main reason they are trying to convert him to RB as was dominated in air in UEFA Youth League too often.

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    Well, that's not too bad then. Puyi is only 1.78 and Masche 1.74, I've thought he's somewhere around these two.
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    He can play CB I don't see his height being an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamrock View Post
    He can play CB I don't see his height being an issue.
    In youth league his height was an issue and Barca were getting a battered a bit with balls into box because of it.

    Maybe he can get past that and be good CB like others in past but not surprised club are rumoured to want to convert to a RB.

    Unreal on ball which may make up for lack of height to play at CB so can see how he goes.