So, since 2014 and Thiago, the best players from La Masia are average Roberto, ruined by injuries Ansu and Pepe Gavi?
I often asked a lots of years ago:
1. is La Masia THAT golden and special?
2. or La Masia is meh, who just had once in a lifetime golden generation and then media and fans have built a myth around it?
Remember how many failures who were hyped before that we had in the last 7-8 years.
A few years ago, lots of fan suggested: sell all older midfielders and play with Alena, Puig and baby Busquets Oriol, and we are set for the next 15 years.
The simple answer is that it is very hard to consistently develop top tier players. On the other hand alot of LaLiga level players have come through LaMasia since Roberto. So if we placed the restrictions on ourself like Bilbao, LaMasia could produce a decent midtier LaLiga club.
And of course between the gap of Roberto and Gavi there were the ones that got away like Grimaldo, Cucurella and Onana who could have made our first team.
In the end LaMasia is a little overrated in terms of complete player development as it produces few forwards/strikers and is too midfield heavy. Their needs to be a inner look into developing more modern players.