When your club is prepared to invest a club-record £45 million fee on a 20-year-old forward with just 33 league appearances under his belt, it is safe to assume this is no ordinary prospect (Guardian).
Two months after Barcelona batted away Leicester City’s approach, Fransisco Trincao is showing exactly why he was picked to lead a revolution at the Camp Nou.
Crisis-hit Barca are in the midst of a generation-defining transition. But, if Tuesday’s 5-1 Champions League thumping of Ferencvaros is anything to go by, reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.
In Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong, Ronald Koeman has three truly world-class talents with a point to prove.
And, with Pedri and the exceptional Ansu Fati finding the net against Hungarian opposition, Barca become the first team in Champions League history to see two players aged 17 or under score in the same match.
Trincao might not have lived up to those inevitable Lionel Messi comparisons just yet.
But the left-footed right winger is already silencing critics who questioned Barcelona’s decision to buy him from Braga for an eye-watering £29 million in January.
So much so that, if it was the Catalan fanbase who were picking the team for this weekend’s Clasico clash with Real Madrid, £107 million World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann would be twiddling his thumbs on the Camp Nou bench.
“Trincao and Pedri, for Barça fans, are a little unknown. They are players who are exciting. Since we signed, them we have had offers for them for double what we paid,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the club’s official website.
Leicester’s approach, then, was always doomed to fail.