Mikayil Faye: Xavi Declares Senegalese Teen Sensation Ready for Barcelona First Team

Mikayil Faye: Xavi Declares Senegalese Teen Sensation Ready for Barcelona First Team

Lukman Mumuni
March 30, 2024 at 3:33 PM
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  • Defender Mikayil Faye is set to make his Barcelona debut
  • The Senegalese has been named in the team to face Las Palmas
  • Faye is on the radar of several clubs including Manchester United

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandes believes Senegalese defender Mikayil Faye is ready for first-team football following his impressive display during the international break.

The 19-year-old made his Senegal debut in the international friendly against Gabon, scoring a belter in the 3-0 victory in France.

Xavi has included the teen sensation in his squad for the game against Las Palmas at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

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Xavi supervises Mikayil Faye as he joins Barcelona first team training ahead of Las Palmas clash. Credit: @Barcelona
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Faye has been a consistent member of the reserve team and could make his long-awaited dream debut for the senior side against Las Palmas.

“If I see him ready to play with the Barça first team? Yes. He has already played friendly matches with us during the pre-season. He is a competent player. He has good qualities in ball exits, he is aggressive, fast. He meets the conditions to participate and help us at some point. He has a good level, without a doubt," said Xavi during the pre-match presser, as quoted by Wiw Sport.

The Senegal international is already attracting interest from clubs in England with Manchester United sending scouts to watch him during the international break, as reported by Sports Mole.

Manchester United monitor Mikayil Faye

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that English Premier League giants, Manchester United are monitoring Senegal defender Mikalyil Faye, after making his international debut for the Teranga Lions.

The 19-year-old Barcelona B centre-back impressed in his first game for the former African champions, scoring a belter as Senegal defeated Gabon.

Faye is also having an outstanding season with the reserves of Barcelona, prompting attention from several clubs.

Faye scores belter on Senegal debut

Sports Brief also reported that Barcelona youngster Mikayil Faye scored a belter on his international debut as Senegal thumped Gabon in a friendly in France.

The 19-year-old defender was handed his debut by Aliou Cisse after an impressive campaign with Barcelona's B team.

Faye started as Senegal put behind them a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations by rebuilding a new team with their youngsters in Europe.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.