Phil Ball's column for ESPN Soccernet this week (link above) is an excellent piece on Barca youngster Andres Iniesta. Along with the more heralded Leo Messi, he represents the future of Barcelona. Sure, he's the only Barca player who hasn't sold his image rights - which isn't too much of a surprise given his non-flashy style and umm...not quite Beckham-esque looks. But his development has been astonishing.
Pushed into service to cover for the injured Xavi last season, he impressed many with great work in big games, like the Champions League semi-final against Milan during which he earned the praise of Sir Bobby Charlton, who opined that though he did not know the player's name, the no. 24 gave a great performance. I like him a lot, despite the fact that he's still growing and can end up being marked out of games. It's hard to describe what he does, similar to Xavi but not quite the same. The above column does the best job I've see so far.