FC Barcelona have played five friendly games this summer. On the accounting side there was a loss against Chelsea (2-1), then two wins, against Vissel Kobe (2-0), Arsenal (2-1) and Napoli (2-1, 4-0). Still, as was often the case last year, we can see that Baugranas lacked inspiration in the last meters and often the Catalans made distinctions by individual exploits. Only the second meeting against Neapolitans, the last one, will be satisfactory. The gaps in the offensive animation are even more apparent in the absence of Lionel Messi, who still hadn't worn the colorful tunic this summer. Some players still managed to get ahead, such as Frankie de Jong, who is already enchanting Camp Nou, or Carles Perez, who showed beautiful things on the left flank of the Barcelona attack. But if there is anyone who has flown the team matches, it's Ricky Puig.
Highly used by Ernesto Valverde – with four terms – the 19-year-old midfielder showed dissatisfied ease. His technical skills and vision for exceptional play were already known to all who regularly shine with the Barça B team, but there was certainly doubt about his ability to reproduce his performance at the highest level. What impressed Catalonia the most was that he was not afraid to take the game on his own and did not hesitate to take risks or move on instead of looking for ease, "A player who makes the audience stand up"could you read it in the Catalan daily sportsNostalgic for Javi and Iniesta, many consider it a long-awaited success for these two men. A generational talent capable of writing the history of the club.
Ernesto Valverde doesn't want to make him a first-team player
Many fans and journalists want to see "A", believing that it has nothing to do with the partnering team of the Spanish champion, which is developing into a third division. "My team is Barça B. There are a lot of people in the middle of A and the opportunities are expensive, but I will try to enjoy myself when I have the opportunity. I would like to be in the first team, but I am not in a hurry and Barça is doing very well."said after the Gamper trophy. A surprising guest the tactic may not have relied on. So one may ask: why is he not yet a member of the staff of Ernesto Valverde?
"He's going to be a player on Team B because we think he's the best. This is an advantage because he can play with the first team as well, explained the coach, deleting the side of Ciudad CondalTherefore, Ricky Puig will, at least initially, settle for the Third Division, hoping to write off minutes here and there, in particular in the Copa del Rey, with the first team. A team B license would allow him to play with both teams, which would not be possible if he was registered as team player A. Vinicius Junior, for example, was registered as a team player at Real Madrid last season, and yet he has faith in meetings under the command of Santiago Solari before his injury. In this way, it is quite possible, in a utopian world, to see how Puig was held, or at least regular in this FC Barcelona, even if he was considered a member of Team B.
It has to be said that places are very expensive in the middle of Barcelona and one can also understand the decision of Ernesto Valverde: it is not better to play regularly with B and hope to attend from time to time with A, to play very rarely with A? In midfield, there are up to ten players for three positions: Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Sergio Roberto, Frankie de Jong, Arthur, Carles Deer, Philip Coutinho, Rafina and Ricky Puig. Some players on this list are likely to leave the Camp Know in the coming days, but Puig has many more experienced players, more experienced and more reliable players.
But one thing is certain, unlike the one currently considered the most promising player in the Catalan club, few players can boast of having Barça DNA on this beautiful list. The loan hypothesis was long considered, and Javi Hernandez even offered to stay at Al Qadar, the Qatari club, coached by Barca's legendary midfielder. However, Puig declined the proposal. Anyway Cadena SER insists again this Monday: Barça believes that the best solution to continue growth is with a lead team loan. An opportunity that could convince the principle in question. The club and player are facing a hell of a dilemma: trying to make room for Barca to give up and spend the season on the bench or temporarily pack their bags to get more playing time elsewhere? At 19, Puig is now a turning point in his career …
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