Lenglet asks for patience with goalscoring wonder Ansu Fati
- The Frenchman reckons that Ansu fully deserves the opportunities he is getting and uses them well.
- Nevertheless, the 16-year-old attacker should be given time to develop.
- Unrealistic expectations might hurt him.
- Lenget's advice to Ansu: "listen to people and work hard".
After Ansu Fati became the youngest La Liga player to score and assist in a single game, the enthusiasm about the Barca youngster became truly unstoppable.
However, Clement Lenglet has urged everyone to stop putting the pressure of unrealistic expectations on the shoulders on the 16-year-old.
"He's 16 and we have to be patient with him," Lenglet said after a 5-2 win over Valencia. "It's true he's taking advantage of the chances he's getting and he's a good kid who deserves what's coming his way.
"I am really happy for him, but we must give him time because he's 16 and things can quickly change. I hope not, but we have to take care of him and support him when he plays. My advice would be to listen to people and work hard because it's very difficult to play for Barcelona."
As for the rest of the game against Valencia, Lenglet was happy with the win but unsatisfied to concede two goals:
"We prefer not to concede goals but we did well until the end," Lenglet said. "Overall, we played really and despite conceding what's important was the response.
"It's a good win against a tough rival who play good football. They play differently to us but we did things really well."
Ansu was among the main heroes of the clash. His strike came in less than two minutes after the kick-off as he was prompt enough to find the space and finish De Jong's clever pass. After that, the 16-year-old moved to another wing and provided the Dutchman with an assist to Barca's second goal of the night.