Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig will reportedly be allowed to leave on loan during the summer transfer window. The Catalans have an exceptional squad with a lot of depth in nearly every position on the field, which leads to a lack of minutes for many young players.
This lack of game time leads to tampering with the growth of the young players in the squad. One of the young players hampered due to this is the 21-year-old Spaniard Riqui Puig. He has failed to get a sufficient amount of game time this season under Ronald Koeman.
Riqui Puig has been developing into an exceptional player after working his way up from La Masia. However, he has struggled to make his name as he only just 3 starts and 17 substitute appearances this season.
According to reports, Puig declined the option to leave on loan during the January transfer window. Puig believed that Koeman would give him more playing time. However, since January he has only 11 minutes of playing time.
Barcelona want Puig to get more game time
Koeman said in an interview that he suggested Puig to went out on loan to other teams as there is much competition in Barcelona. He also believes a player of his age and potential has a lot to improve. Barcelona has plans of loaning Puig and has stated that the final decision would be left to the player.
Puig is a young quick and agile midfielder with great passing, positioning and decision-making. He is great on the ball which makes him an undoubted starter in games where teams press the hell out. Puig needs continuous playing time and going out on loan to continue playing and developing would be the best bet for him
According to reports, Puig has been linked to three clubs recently, Manchester City, Villarreal CF, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Villarreal hopes to build a better midfield unit from signing Puig. Bayer Leverkusen has a play style similar to Luis Enrique’s Barcelona which can help the youngster improve.
Overall the decision of moving out on loan rather staying in Barcelona would be better for the young star.
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