Fermin Lopez: The unlikely hero in Xavi's ranks

Fermin Lopez came out of nowhere but could soon establish himself as more than just a regular in Xavi's plans...

Fermin Lopez is a name not many were touting to become Barcelona's next big thing. The now 20-year-old midfielder joined the Catalans' Infantil A side aged 13 after playing in Real Betis' academy before that. However, last season, he spent time on loan at Linares and everything indicated his future at Barcelona was somewhat... complicated. But fortunately, Xavi's eyes are better than most.

The coach had seen something in the youngster, prompting him to invite Fermin to the US Tour and subsequently had him train and play with the senior team in 2023/24. Now, Lopez no longer looks like a kid out of place; instead, he is a valued squad member.

But what do we know about him and how exactly can he help Xavi this season? Let's find out.