Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been talking about his former Barcelona teammate Munir El Haddadi.
The 19-year-old forward is in line to make his senior international debut for Spain against Macedonia on Monday evening, and Fabregas does not feel he will be out of place.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Sport, Chelsea’s £27million summer signing said, “Munir is really something special. From what I’ve seen of him in training he is a really good player.
“He can play both on the wing and in the centre. His awareness and movement is superb and he is excellent at finding space.”
Munir has made two appearances for Barcelona’s senior side this season, and he already has a goal to his name, netting in the 3-0 win against Elche.
With just one Spanish under-21 cap to date, it has been a swift elevation to the full squad for the teenager. But if Fabregas is right, the young man should take it in his stride.
Following Spain’s disastrous World Cup campaign, there is a sense of a fresh wind blowing through the camp with a number of young players given the chance to replace the old guard; and yet there are some particularly big shoes to fill, and only time will tell if the likes of Munir can step in for the long term.