Register Login Scores


Koeman Reveals Which Player Has Surprised Him Most

FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has revealed which player has surprised him the most since he was appointed by the Catalan club.

Opinion: Why Nobody Passes To Griezmann

The former Everton and Netherlands manager replaced Quique Setien in the LaLiga club's hot seat in August, just days after the Blaugrana's humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League last season.

Since taking over, Koeman has worked with a number of talented players such as Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho, among others, but he has now admitted to being pleasantly surprised by 17-year-old Pedri, who has already featured 10 times across all competitions in this campaign.

"Especially given that I didn't know him that well, the player who's surprised me the most is Pedri," he told Mundo Deportivo.  

"I knew Barca had signed him from Las Palmas and I had seen a tape of him, but I don't think anyone expected the rapidity of his development since joining – playing and training with the best players at Barca aged just 17, delivering such high levels of performance."

Before the season started, Pedri had been linked with a loan move away from Barcelona following his arrival from Las Palmas, but the teenager has already become an important player for Koeman.

He has started against the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus this season, and has found the back of the net on two occasions across all platforms.

Click through the gallery below to see the latest transfer news surrounding Barcelona! 

Sign up for our newsletter!

10 Players Who Haven't Done It For Their Countries

'Emperor' Messi Slammed By Griezmann's Ex-Advisor

10 Managers Who Are Under Pressure


Top 5

Chiefs Conclude Zuma’s Internal Hearing

28 Nov 24, 2021 08:53 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

4 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

Exclusive: Zungu Finally Talks About Party Allegations  

4 Nov 24, 2021 02:49 PM in Players Abroad

Gyan Sides With Bafana In Penalty Drama

6 Nov 24, 2021 01:25 PM in African Football

Fast Lane - New BMW Flex For Amakhosi Star?

4 Nov 26, 2021 12:35 PM in Stars & Their Cars

6 Man Utd Stars In Trouble Following Big Manager Decision

1 Nov 26, 2021 12:28 PM in English Premier League

Tower’s Palace - Mathoho’s Most Chilled Looks At Home

Nov 26, 2021 02:02 PM in Ballers Cribs & Travels

Katsande Showcases Big Business Billboard

8 Nov 25, 2021 09:30 AM in The Best Of The Rest

Sundowns’ R13m Onyango Dominates Chiefs Duo In TOTW Values

12 Nov 24, 2021 12:58 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

5 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Rulani: The Monkey Is Off Our Back Now

10 Nov 24, 2021 10:25 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Why Chiefs Veteran Deserves New Deal

2 Nov 24, 2021 04:25 PM in Kaizer Chiefs