Englishman Marcus McGuane makes debut for Barcelona

Englishman Marcus McGuane makes debut for Barcelona
From ESPN - March 7, 2018

Marcus McGuane became the first English player since Gary Lineker to play for Barcelona's first team on Wednesday after coming on as a second-half substitute in the Catalan Super Cup win against Espanyol.

Ousmane Dembele, Yerry Mina and Jasper Cillessen were among eight first-team players to feature in the match, with the latter emerging as the hero as Barca won 4-2 on penalties.

The Dutch goalkeeper made a string of impressive saves during the 90 minutes as the game ended goalless before saving from Jose Manuel Jurado in the shootout.

A January signing from Arsenal, McGuane was one of 12 Barca B players called up for the fixture by coach Ernesto Valverde.

The 19-year-old arrived for an undisclosed fee and has made four appearances for Barca's second team, who are in the second tier.

The England youth international joined Arsenal at the age of six, progressing through the academy at London Colney, and sources at Barca have said that "big-club experience" has helped him quickly acclimatise to life in his new surroundings.

Already installed in a flat with his girlfriend in the city, McGuane trained with the first team for the first time two weeks ago and could get his first real chance to impress Valverde on Wednesday.

"McGuane's adapted well. He's doing well," Barca B coach Gerard Lopez told ESPN FC. "He's a complete player. Perhaps he just lacks that calmness on the ball, that pause in terms or our positional play, but he has everything else we need in the middle of the pitch.


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