In Ernesto Valverde's first season, the coach gave four players their debut in the Copa del Rey.
José Arnaiz and Marc Cucurella played their first minutes at the Nueva Condomina, where the Blaugrana won 0-3 thanks to goals from Arnaiz, Paco Alcácer and Gerard Deulofeu. In the return at the Camp Nou, Valverde gave debuts to Oriol Busquets and David Costas. Goals from Alcácer, Piqué, Vidal, Suárez and Arnaiz in that game, gave them an 8-0 aggregate victory over Murcia.
In his second year, the coach used a total of eight academy players for either cup or league matches.
In the Copa del Rey tie against Cultural Leonesa, Chumi, Jorge Cuenca and Juan Miranda debuted. In the return leg, a 4-1 win with goals from Munir, Denis Suárez (x2) and Malcom, Riqui Puig played his first match for the senior side.
In the final part of the campaign, Valverde gave Moussa Wague minutes in the league match against Huesca (0-0), corresponding to week 32. For week 36, the coach called upon Alex Collado and a week later, against Getafe, Abel Ruiz made his debut. A goal from Arturo Vidal and an own goal from Arambarri handed Barça a 2-0 win.
On the last day of the league season against Eibar, a 2-2 draw in which Leo Messi scored both, Carles Pérez was given his first minutes.