Almería struggle at the bottom of LaLiga. However, one shining star, Dion Lopy, has caught the eye of none other than our very own sporting directors. The 22-year-old Senegalese powerhouse, initially from Stade Reims, might just be the next big thing to grace the Camp Nou.
With Almería fighting to climb up from the depths of the league without a single win in 23 matches, it’s players like Lopy who give us a glimpse of brilliance amidst the gloom. Though a January move was on the cards, financial fair play hurdles kept Barça at bay. But don’t lose hope! The rumor mill suggests Lopy remains a hot prospect for Barça’s summer shopping list. Even with Aleix Garcia from Girona already in the works.
Lopy’s not just any player. He’s someone who admires our very own targets like Aleix Garcia and dreams big like Xavi Hernández’s impossible wish, Martín Zubimendi. Quoting Dion Lopy himself from a chat with UDA Radio, he’s all about idolizing the likes of Paul Pogba and showcasing a cool, composed playstyle that’s served him well since his youth football days.
A light in Almeia’s darkness
Despite Almería’s woes, Lopy sees his move to Spanish football as the right choice. He fits perfectly with his technical prowess and playstyle that leans more towards quality over sheer physicality. And with appearances against top teams like Real Madrid, he’s proven he’s not just another player; he’s a midfield maestro with a keen eye for the game, quick on his feet, and fearless in ball distribution.
This season might not have his name lit up in goal or assist charts. Moreover, he missed the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal. But at just 22, Lopy’s already marked his debut for the national team. He was hailed as one of the best in the Africa Cup at just 17.