Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
Noviembre, 30 2017

Ferrán Torres is the latest to join the list of young first-team debutants

Diego Ribera remains the youngest at 16 years and 11 months old

Ferrán Torres made his Valencia CF first-team debut at Mestalla against Real Zaragoza at the age of 17 years, nine months and one day on Thursday night, joining a long list of academy youngsters who have gone up through the ranks all the way to the first team. Ferran played 20 minutes.

Despite his tender years, Ferrán Torres is not the youngest player to have made their first-team debut in a Valencia CF shirt. That honour goes to Diego Ribera, who featured at only 16 years, 11 months and 25 days on the 13th of February 1994. Héctor Núñez was in charge that day against Tenerife on Matchday 23 of the LaLiga at the Heliodoro Rodrígez López. Juan Mena Tormo held the record for a long period before him, as he made his first-team debut at 17 years, one month and five days old away at Celta Vigo in a game that ended up 7-3 - he scored too.

On the 30th of October 2012, one of Valencia CF's most instrumental players at the moment, José Luis Gayà, made his debut while just 17 years, five months and five days old. It took place in the away leg of a last 32 Copa del Rey tie. Two years earlier, on the 8th of March 2010, full-back Joel Johnson was another young debutant at 17 years, five months and 16 days of age. A LaLiga fixture at home against Racing Santander was the time and the place for Johnson, beating Aáron Ñiguez at 17 years and almost six months who had previously played in a home cup game against Portuense on 25th October 2006.

Salva Ruíz is another homegrown player who has been a central figure in recent times following his return to action following his serious illness at the Estadio Los Carmenes. Jaime   Gavilán is another homegrown player made his debut at the José Zorrilla in Valladolid at 17 years 11 months and seven days.

The Valencia CF Academy has been supplying plenty of players for the first team in recent years, and the list is rather long: Líbero Parri, Alejandro Castro ‘Jandro’, Borja Criado, Pablo Redondo, Miguel y Raúl Albiol, Salva Enguix, Manuel Ruz, Curro Torres, Javi Garrido, David Navarro, Miguel Pallardó, Pablo Hernández, David Silva, Isco Alarcón, Cristian Portugués ‘Portu’, Nacho Insa, David Lombán, Manuel Lillo, Carlos Delgado, Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat, Paco Alcácer, Andrés Pascual ‘Sito’, Carlos Carbonell ‘Tropi’, Antonio Latorre ‘Lato’, Ibán Salvador, Fran Villalba, Rafa Mir, Nacho Gil, Javi Jiménez, Carlos Soler and Nacho Vidal.

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