Marcus McGuane makes FC Barcelona debut in Catalan Super Cup
19-year-old lost for words to describe the experience of becoming the first English player to appear for the first team since the great Gary Lineker
“It was a massive experience for me and my family. Words can't really describe how it felt walking out there. But it felt really good!”
Marcus McGuane was speaking after coming on for his FC Barcelona first team debut in the 76th minute of today’s Catalan Super Cup victory against Espanyol.
“When the coach told me I'm coming on I thought just be calm and play my game and show what I can do” said the London-born 19-year-old, who joined Barça B from Arsenal in January.
The attacking midfielder, who even gained Europa League experience with the Gunners, didn’t have much to do in his quarter of hour on the pitch, but did what he did with cool composure.
First Englishman since Lineker
Much is being said about how McGuane, who has represented England at various youth levels (as well as Ireland before that), is following in the footsteps of an illustrious name by representing his country in the famous blaugrana jersey.
“A lot of people told me when I signed that Gary Lineker was the last English person to play for FC Barcelona” he said. “So to know that I'm next, that's some achievement!”
“I need to carry on pushing on with the B team and get as many games as possible. And if I get any opportunities to go over to the first team, I've just got to show the boss what I can do.”
Indeed, he has impressed with his rapid adaptation to life at the club and today’s experience was a just reward for the youngster following four highly promising performances for the reserves.