It seemed like it was going to be revolution involving the youngsters, that Ronald Koeman was going to count on everyone including the youngsters who looked promising. But Riqui Puig’s absence from the Gamper squad set alarm bells ringing. Now, ‘RAC1’ reports that Puig is on the way out of the club.
Riqui Puig is one of the main absentees from Koeman’s squad for the Gamper trophy match. As he is not injured, there were rumours that it was for tactical reasons. And apparently, the Dutchman has told the player there is no place for him.
A setback for Riqui Puig. The Barca academy player, who had started to get into the first team under Setien and had played ok in the two friendlies under Koeman, seems set to leave the club.
According to ‘RAC1’ journalist Gerard Romero, Koeman has told the footballer that he does not count on him. His absence in the Gamper squad is not a coincidence.
It seems like Koeman feels that he has the midfield covered with Busquets, Alena, Pjanic and De Jong. Riqui would be the fifth man in a formation which looks set to include a double pivot.
He would therefore have to drop to the B team and keep on waiting for an opportunity or leave Barca. A big blow for one of the footballers who is liked the most by Barca supporters.
At 21, Riqui Puig has a value of more than 12 million euros so he may well be sold in exchange for Sergino Dest, for example.