Ansu Fati has broken age records for Barcelona and Spain, and he celebrates his 18th birthday with a LaLiga trip to face Alaves on Saturday
Fati, the youngest goalscorer inBarcelona
's history, has caught the eye since making his debut for the Camp Nou giants as a 16-year-old, and four goals in his first five league appearances this season have confirmed his progress and could take the delayed Euro 2020 by storm if his rise continues.
boss Ronald Koeman has come to regard Fati as a key player in his team.
"I was with Ansu a little while talking about concentration," Koeman said. "I think that he needs to improve in this sense.
"He's a very talented player, he's a really good player. He's got a really high level of playing so we need to look after him and especially help him with his career projection and his concentration.
"This is just the beginning, I hope to celebrate more years as aBarca
player." Fati told the Mundo Deportivo newspaper.
He was the first LaLiga player born in 2000 or later to score 10 or more goals in all competitions, also becoming in September the youngest player from the top five European leagues to reach double figures in goals since the beginning of last season.
Birthday wishes for Fati came on Saturday from LaLiga, who tweeted to list a string of his achievements and declare: "The world is yours."