Young starlet Pablo Torre doesn’t need to look any further for examples to follow when he arrives at FC Barcelona this summer. The 19-year-old playmaker, who impressed at Real Racing Club de Santander, arrived in Catalonia in a successful season with his hometown club, which helped him secure promotion to La Liga for next season.
For example, Pedri Gonzalez made a big impact at Barca after coming from UD Las Palmas in the summer of 2020 and Gavi shone in the pre-season of 2021, Torre now hopes to do the same this summer.
“It’s not easy to leave the club of your life, the club that is and will be my life,” Torrey said in a video message on social media thanking him for helping his club grow to this point. “The Real Racing Club de Santander is and will be my home, a home that is a part of my family history, and I am honored to be a part of it.”
The teenager has a really strong relationship with the club, as his father, Esteban Torre, also played for VerdiBlancos and helped the team reach La Liga Santander in 1993.
Now, at FC Barcelona, Torre will find a new home, a club that is especially keen to bring in young, talented Spanish players. Torre will have the opportunity to join Xavi Hernandez’s first team in the pre-season and will try to convince the coach that he can have the same effect as Pedri, Gavi and Ansu.
“We’ve been following him for a while now,” Xavi said of Torre. “For me, it’s a natural talent. He can play in midfield, out wide, he has two legs, he has an excellent final ball, he scores goals and he is superb in set plays. He is very young, but he is a natural genius. “
The coach added: “He has the ability to play for Barca for many years. He now depends on her, his attitude, but he is the humble child of the football family. It is a great signature for the present and the future. He will be a first-team dynamic but will also play with Team B because playing football is important at that age. And getting minutes on the first team at that age is not easy.
Apparently, Xavi has seen a lot of Torre and he liked what he saw. The midfielder has scored 10 goals and set nine more in Spain’s third tier in 31 appearances this past season.
Torre has also played for the Spanish national team at the under-19 level and, with Luis Enrique selecting FC Barcelona’s young midfield stars Pedri, 19, and Gavi, 17, in the last one year, Torre can expect to move on. If it continues to improve and develop.
At Barca, he will have plenty of competition to find a place in the team, while he may have to adjust his game a bit to play as an internal midfielder as part of a three-man midfield instead of as an attacking midfielder, as he did with VerdiBlancos.
Depending on Xavi’s plans, the attack may have the potential to operate in a wide range of areas, as Gavi did last season. Some have compared him to Real Betis midfield master Sergio Canals, another former Real Racing Club de Santander academy graduate.
Torre was able to pick up his team’s set pieces this season, which was his second strength, but at FC Barcelona he will have to move on in his packing order in the coming months and years.
He may be leaving his home, but Pablo Torre is coming to the club waiting for him with open arms, and there can be no better place than this to develop a talent of this nature.