Last winter transfer market, Arsenal signed Martin Ødegaard from the Real Madrid. However, Norwegian would not have been the first choice but was Riqui Puig, midfielder of FC Barcelona, the footballer who Mikel Arteta wanted to complete his midfield. However, the Barça He preferred to retain him so as not to shorten his staff.
The Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed what happened. “At the beginning of the transfer market, Arsenal made a serious attempt to bring Riqui Puig on loan with a purchase option, in an agreement similar to Ødegaard’s. Barcelona decided to wait a few weeks to assess what Koeman and the player himself thought In mid-January, the club gave its refusal and wanted to retain him, “he said.
Since Ronald Koeman came to the bench of FC Barcelona, the role of Riqui Puig it has been very rare. The canterano has had minutes in dropper and, despite the injury of Philippe Coutinho and at the exit of Carles Aleñá as assigned to Getafe, the youth squad has remained exactly the same for the Dutch coach: a shock for matches in which the score is against.
Although Riqui Puig he adds very few minutes this season, in all the games he has played he has left the feeling of being a very profitable player and that he should have options to fight for the title. He is a midfielder with one hundred percent ‘Barça DNA‘and he wastes a lot of talent, in addition to qualities in passing and circulation that could benefit the forwards a lot.
From some media it was assured that Ronald Koeman had an important fight with Riqui Puig earlier in the season, as he was considered an information leaker. Given the evident talent and service that the youth squad can provide the team, the Dutchman’s anger seems to be the only logical explanation for him not having more minutes.
Riqui Puig, with more options since playing 4-3-3
In the last matches, Ronald Koeman has recovered the classic 4-3-3 at FC Barcelona, which uses two interiors. Riqui Puig he feels especially comfortable in this role, since it is the natural position he has occupied in the lower categories. It will be necessary to see if, with the irregularity of results, the technician culé gives his arm to twist with the young midfield player.