Youth development is a topic we tend to focus on pretty regularly here at the 91st Minute. How can the US better develop talented players? How can we fix the college game? What do we need to do to create a new generation of informed coaches? These are all important questions, but we can’t help but feel helpless when we see clips like this come out of Barcelona’s La Masia academy.
Meet Mamadou Saidou, Barcelona’s new 11-year old star who is already better at soccer than you. Look at those touches! Look at that placement!
He’s only 11-years old, but it’s a testament to Barcelona’s effective academy structure that the telltale signs of Barcelona’s style are already being embedded in his approach towards the sport. Of course, a random YouTube clip doesn’t mean anything in the context of a long career, but here’s to Mamadou already making an impression.