In the second ever One to Watch, we take a look at a 21-year-old right back on the books of the mighty Barcelona with eighteen international caps already to his name.
Moussa Wague gained experience by clocking up 23 first team appearances at Belgian side Eupen before a €5 million move to Spain. Having got his name on the scoresheet once in Belgium, Wague has chipped in with two in twenty for Barcelona’s second team as well as getting four first team outings under his belt. He joined Ligue 1 side Nice on loan in January of this year but having made five appearances and with the season ended due to Coronavirus has returned to his parent club.
First capped by Senegal in 2017 Wague became the youngest ever African World Cup goalscorer when he netted against Japan in Russia 2018. When considering the best full backs around at the moment, the likes of Ricardo Pereira at Leicester City or Philipp Max at FC Augsburg, they’re not shy to contribute the odd goal and plenty of assists. The fact that Wague has hinted at having the occasional goal in his locker should aid his quest for regular first team action. To become a regular at Camp Nou is a big ask but should things not quite work out there then he won’t be short of suitors. The Premier League may well come calling at some point with the aforementioned Leicester City as well as West Ham United having been linked with Wague in recent times. Leicester of course possess Pereira but he has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur though it would seem an odd decision on his part to depart likely Champions League club Leicester for Spurs. It may not say a lot for how highly Leicester rate James Justin if they feel the need to bring in Wague but with European football almost certainly back on their agenda they’ll need more than one right-back… obviously!
Wague did once earn a four-game ban during his time playing for Barcelona B. He got in a tangle with an opposition fan when taking a throw in having apparently been subjected to racist abuse. For the record, Wague apologised for his actions regardless of the provocation.
Wague has made great strides in his short career and it’s to be hoped that he can go onto have a productive one at the top level whether that be at Barcelona or another prestigious club in one of Europe’s top leagues.
Having identified two Spanish based players in the first two One to Watch posts, look out for a player from a different league in One to Watch: 3) soon.