What should Barca do with Riqui Puig?
- Riqui has just turned 20.
- Barcelona still can't decide over his future.
- Either Puig stays at the team and fights for his place in the starting squad, or he's loaned out.
- Valverde feels that he should play for Barcelona B next season.
Today is Riqui Puig's birthday. What are his chances to succeed with Barcelona?
For now, they're not visible. Ernesto Valverde constantly reminds the fans of tight competition in midfield, although the club has already started doing a clean-up. Malcom left, Rafinha, Rakitic and Coutinho will likely join the Brazilian this month. However, there are still enough options even when the starting XI is rotated.
Still, Ernesto Valverde appears to be an admirer of Puig's talent and supposes that he could help the first team even while staying at Barca B. "For us, it's an advantage he could alternate between the two sides, that way he can help out both."
While being used in the pre-season, Riqui managed to display surprising stats. What's more, this is what Barca exactly need in the decisive matches: accurate forward passes.
Only a few ones among numerous passes were directed backward. When comparing all present Barca players with each other, we would probably see a similar picture only in Leo Messi's records.
Although it's a bit risky for Riqui to face new challenges, he admits that he's completely ready for something special. "I'm prepared to overcome new barriers. You should always dream for the better."