22-year-old José Arnáiz is fast becoming a talisman for Barcelona B. Reports are that Ernesto Valverde is now considering giving him first team time while Dembele is out injured.
The winger featured again in Saturday’s match at the Mini Estadi and his goal made the difference in the 1-0 win.
Barcelona B only signed Arnáiz this August from Real Valladolid for 3.4 million euros. Arnáiz was considered one of the club’s top performers last season with 12 goals in 35 appearances.
He now has a three-year contract with Barcelona B. If the rumours are correct that he might make the first team, Real Valladolid stands to earn 4 million from the transfer.
Even if Arnáiz does not come in as a temporary replacement for Dembele, there is another possibility of him joining the first team. Paco Alcacer is expected to leave Barcelona during the January transfer window, and Arnáiz is a candidate to take his position.
This season Barcelona B have not had a very successful start. It would be a blow to have Arnáiz leave the B team as he would not be able to return this season. His attacking skills would definitely be missed.
Barcelona B are currently 13th in the Segunda División with 12 points. The win against Lorca this weekend was needed, as their last win was against Córdoba on September 9th.