Back in 2011, Barcelona manager at the time Pep Guardiola suggested that a then-19-year old by the name of Jack Wilshere would have been a dime a dozen in Luis Enrique’s reserves side at the Nou Camp.
Two years on and the now-21-year old midfielder has become a key player for Arsenal as well as the England national team.
In March 2011, Wilshere played a major role as the Gunners stunned Barca 2-1 in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg at the Emirates Stadium.
After that match, Guardiola said: “He can be a great player for Arsenal and England. But we have many types of player like him in the second team.
“He's lucky, as Arsenal have time. There is not the pressure to win titles as quickly as possible. We have second-team players like him.”
We thought we would take a look at Barcelona’s B side from that year and give some insight as to who is doing what and how they compare to Wilshere.
Barcelona B midfielders 2010/11
Abraham Minero - (Real Zaragoza)
Since arriving at La Romareda, Minero has made over 50 La Liga appearances and six in the cups, assisting the Blanquillos to 16th spot last season but they currently sit second bottom and are in danger of dropping to the Segunda Division this time around.
Carlos Carmona - (Sporting Gijon)
The 25-year old joined Barca from Recreativo Huelva in 2010 but left for Sporting Gijon last summer where he has since become an integral member for the Rojiblancos.
Carmona made over 50 appearances for Barcelona B in the Segunda Division but has played 27 times for 10th-placed Gijon this campaign, scoring three goals.
Jonathan dos Santos
The 23-year old Mexican made over 80 appearances for the Blaugrana reserves between 2009 and 2012. He got his first chance at senior level in the Supercopa de Espana against Athletic Bilbao in August 2009.
Still with Barcelona, the 22-year old has notched up around 50 reserves showings since 2010 but is yet to make his first team debut.
Ilie had two spells at the Barca academy during his junior days before moving into the senior ranks in 2009. He was once labelled ‘los primeros elegidos de Guardiola’ (the first elected of Guardiola or Guardiola’s chosen ones).
The Spain U17 international arrived at La Masia as a 13-year old and remains at the Nou Camp where he has thus far failed to win a senior appearance.
Espinosa has played almost 60 times at reserve level, scoring five goals, with three of those coming this season in his 22 appearances (12 off the bench).
Jordi Maso - (UE Llagostera)
21-year old Maso was released by Barcelona in June 2011 before moving to Segunda B Group 3 outfit UE Llagostera.
Whilst with the lower league Catalonian club, Maso has played 50 times in the league with 25 of those coming this season as the Girona-based outfit sit 11th on the table.
Oriol Romeu - (Chelsea)
The 21-year Spain U23 international old made the move to Chelsea in August 2011 for around £4.3million.
Used mainly as a holding midfielder, Romeu made 11 Premier League starts in his first season for a total of 16 league appearances. This campaign he has played just six times domestically because of a knee injury.
In addition to his time in the Premier League, Romeu has played seven cup matches for the Blues, scoring in this season’s Capital One Cup rout of Wolves, and has also appeared four times in the Champions League.
He seriously injured his knee, rupturing an ACL against Sunderland in December, but is now on the road to a full recovery.
Jose Palau Mira - (Villarreal)
Palau has played 30 times for Villarreal in the Segunda B division Group 3 competition helping the side to eighth position on the table.
He joined Barca’s youth academy as a 15-year old in 2007 but managed just one appearance in the reserves side.
Better known as Rafinha, the younger brother of Thiago Alcantara remains on the books at Barcelona.
The 20-year old Brazil-born attacking midfielder has played 70 times for Barcelona B, scoring 19 goals, and also represented the Brazil U20s on three occasions so far in 2013.
Rafinha, who has also represented Spain at junior level, has made three appearances for Barca’s seniors which came in the Copa del Rey in November 2011 and in the Champions League against BATE Borisov last season and Benfica in the group stage of this campaign.
The Spain U21 international has played on three occasions in La Liga plus a further six times in cups competitions and another three times in the Champions League for Barcelona.
Sergi Roberto scored in the 4-0 CL win over BATE in December 2011 and also netted in the Copa del Rey triumph over Osasuna in January 2012.
The reserve side mainstay has made one appearance in the league this season which came in the 3-0 victory at Real Zaragoza in April.
Thiago has made close to 60 appearances for the reserves but over the past two seasons, has figured on 51 occasions in the league for Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova with 24 of those coming this season.
He has also made seven cups appearances and two in the Champions League but his main contribution has been helping Barca take out the league title, adding that to the 2010/11 premiership in which he played 10 times.
Thiago has also represented Spain on three occasions with his debut coming in August 2011 in a friendly against Italy.
Victor Vazquez - (Club Brugge)
The 26-year old departed Catalonia in April 2011 to join Belgian outfit Club Brugge for whom he has since made 60 league appearances in Belgium.
Vazquez appeared three times for Barcelona’s seniors including scoring a goal against Rubin Kazan in the Champions League in 2010 but made his way to Bruges prior to the 2011/12 campaign.
He was a major part of the Belgian Pro-League runners-up team of that season, scoring six goals in 35 outings, whilst adding a further 25 appearances to his tally this campaign.