The 21-year-old Spanish midfielder has had few opportunities with the arrival of Ronald Koeman to the bench, but has preferred to stay to fight for a position despite the coach himself recommending that he look for an exit in the form of a loan.
Ricard “Riqui” Puig has been trained in La Masia, where he arrived in 2014 at the age of 14 and where he stayed until he was 18, ascending to a subsidiary in which he spent two seasons until finally being promoted to the first team. He has had some opportunities, but very little repeated and a few minutes insufficient for a player in the process of maturing.
Although it seemed that he could leave, he renewed his contract on January 5 to extend his link with FC Barcelona until 2023. Since then, he has played 503 official minutes in 19 games, which translates into an average of 26 ’28’ ‘, but the reality is that in nine of them it does not reach a quarter of an hour of play.
It is really difficult to win a position with immovable pieces like Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong and Pedro González “Pedri”, troops who have the total confidence of Ronald Koeman in the engine room and regardless of the tactical scheme used. That is why now, with the canary on vacation, it is possible to see him start against Getafe.
For the clash next Saturday, the islander’s hole will be for Riqui Puig, Sergi Roberto or Miralem Pjanic. By hierarchy, it is possible that we see the second in the eleven as it is the third captain, while by market logic, it could be a last attempt to make the Bosnian visible to look for an operation hours before the close of the transfer market.
Once the national team break is over, the Barça team will have two very close commitments such as the visit to Sevilla on the third day of LaLiga or the start of the group stage of the Champions League, with a rival yet to be known. While waiting for whether or not Luis Enrique summons Pedro González “Pedri” and the reaction that may be in Can Barça, the opportunity for Riqui Puig presents itself against Getafe.
Our position is that if no agreement has been reached for Miralem Pjanic at this point, it seems difficult that seeing him in the next match could affect his situation, but we understand that Sergi Roberto has played the two matches that are ongoing and has contributed a goal and an assist, with which we will probably see him at the beginning. However, it cannot be ruled out that his compatriot may have a few minutes off the bench.