We begin this week’s Talent Track round-up by focusing on Pol Garcia Tena, a key member of the Primavera defence over the last three years who is currently plying his trade on loan with Vicenza in Serie B.
In Saturday’s game away at Catania, the 19-year-old registered the first goal of his professional career as he headed in a late consolation for the Biancorossi during a 3-1 defeat in Sicily.
Since the start of the 2014/15 campaign, the Spaniard has started eight of Vicenza’s ten games and made his debut in central defence against Trapani. He has also been employed on the left of a three-man backline in the last few games for Giovanni Lopez’s men.
Garcia joined the Bianconeri from Barcelona’s youth sector in 2011 and endured a tough year last time out due to an injury he sustained in the second half of the season. This time around, he is starting to string together a good run of games under his belt at Vicenza.
#Talent Track: By the numbers
Juventus currently have 64 players in total either out on loan (46) or on a co-ownership deal (18) all over the globe.
Both Modena and Pro Vercelli are each in possession of four of these individuals – the highest out of any other clubs.
Twenty of these players can be found in Serie A and other top flights abroad, including Richmond Boakye, Manolo Gabbiadini and James Troisi who we focused on in last week’s round-up.
Garcia is one of 28 playing in either Serie B or other second divisions around the world while the remaining 16 can be found in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.
If we were to look at the numbers merely on an international scale, 80 per cent of these Bianconeri play in Italy whilst the remaining percentage (13 players) can be found dotted in leagues abroad as they obtain invaluable experience.