Xavi Simons: barely 19 years old, but known for years by everyone via Instagram. The midfielder has been playing at PSV since this summer and things are going fast for the former youth player of FC Barcelona & PSG…
No doubt you know Xavi Simons as an Instagramwonder kid, but now it’s getting serious. The 19-year-old midfielder can join the Dutch selection to Qatar to play the World Championship under national coach Louis Van Gaal. But where does this new PSV star suddenly come from? And how come it all goes so fast for the young Xavi Simons? An overview.
Between 2008 and 2010, Xavi Simons played for the Spanish team Thader Rojales. In 2010 none other than FC Barcelona already snatched away the barely seven-year-old Simons. on La Masia the young Dutchman is really causing a furore for the first time. His name and position as a midfielder make the Catalans dream that succession is imminent for Xavi, who is currently coach of FC Barcelona.
Videos of the young midfielder are widely shared and viewed via YouTube and other social media channels. So it really doesn’t take long before he gets the stamp of wonder kid. All reactions show once again that the football world has really been hoping for years to see Xavi Simons at work at the highest level. “Iniesta’s shirt number, dribbles like Messi, passes like Busquets, hair like Puyol, face like Ronaldinho, same nationality as Cruyff and the name is Xavi… No words for it,” it says in the comments.
In 2019, Xavi Simons still chooses to open the door La Masia to pull behind. The famous broker Mino Raiola brings him to the very rich club Paris Saint-Germain. This transfer received a lot of comment. Xavi Simons had been predicted a great future at FC Barcelona, but now he suddenly chose to play at PSG where he would earn double. It did not immediately seem that he would go to the first team.
Still, Xavi Simons managed to get some playing minutes here and there at PSG. He trained with the first team and therefore already had teammates such as Neymar, Mbappé and Messi. That can count at such a young age… . Still, they let him go on a free transfer in Paris last summer because his contract was not renewed.
Xavi Simons decided to take a different tack and signed a five-year contract with the Dutch top club PSV. Immediately all the spotlights were on him, but the young midfielder didn’t seem to be bothered by that. In Eindhoven he has been playing the tiles of the roof for half a season. In 14 Eredivisie games, he scored no less than eight times and also provided four assists. Not bad for a midfielder… . He also gained experience in the Europa League, where his excellent performance against Arsenal was particularly striking.
The world has been waiting for Xavi Simons and with this year’s performances he has proven that he has what it takes to make it as a top footballer. Louis Van Gaal rewarded the young Dutchman with a selection and now it’s up to him. Will he be the revelation of the World Cup in Qatar?