Barcelona’s latest signing Artur Melo’s quality has been compared to the legend Xavi Hernandez by team mate Rafinha.
Arthur’s display on field was outstanding in his Barcelona debut against Tottenham on saturday.
He struck with a curling effort from the edge of the box as Barca drew 2-2 with the london side in their international champions cup while winning on penalties.
The 21 year old looked at ease in his first 45 minutes in his first appearance since signing from Gremio.
“I don’t like to make comparisons usually, but he has a touch of Xavi about him,” midfielder Rafinha said. “It’s the way he touches the ball, the way he passes it. He’s a great, great signing for Barcelona.”
Barca coach, Ernesto Valverde who also gave debuts to new signings Clement Lenglet and Malcom seems to be impressed.
“Arthur’s a player that we think can give us a lot of things and he’s shown that today,” he said at his postmatch news conference. “He’s good in possession, on the ball, carrying it forward, he can get in areas to shoot.
“Both Lenglet and Arthur have had some time training with the team now. There were fewer doubts with Lenglet because he’s come from La Liga, but we’re working on Arthur’s [adaption]. This was his first game, his debut, and he was motivated. It was a good display.”