Ronald Koeman of Barcelona has considered to part ways with Riqui Puig as the midfield currently remains stacked
The 2019-2020 season was what came to be as an extremely disappointing season for Barcelona. Ridiculed with internal politics and bad performances, a major change in the team and management was of utmost importance; if they were to try and recover.
An introspection of sorts was long due at the club, and the actions that followed were exactly what was needed, a new coach was appointed in Ronald Koeman, and Eric Abidal was sacked as the sporting director of the Blaugrana, and to go along with that there are rumors suggesting the exit of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Now, it seems like a renovation is in order, something which the La Liga side hasn’t gone through for nearly 20 years. With Koeman being trusted as the man for the job, things are looking better for the Catalans as the Dutchman would finally make use of the great talent the club possesses, in Ousmane Dembele, Phillippe Coutinho, and Antoine Griezmann
Also with the use of exceptional players that the youth academy of the club produces, the essence of Barcelona is hoped to be restored. With Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig being the new additions to the team, the duo was regarded as the future for the Spanish giants with Puig even being deemed by fans as the next Andres Iniesta.
However, to the disappointment of Barca fans, recent reports suggest that Koeman would not be looking to include Puig in his future plans for the club. What came to be as one of the biggest homegrown talents at the club in recent times is set to be sold as the Dutchman has no use of the midfielder, and believes the 21-year-old is just a surplus to the team.
Barcelona was still a long way away from having a good amount of youth talent that other European giants possess, but things have taken a total 180 with young talents departing rather than arriving at the club.
Instead of bringing in better prospects, the club has been letting go of the ones that they already possess, like the Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic swap which featured the exit of a promising 24-year-old for the oncoming of a 30-year-old, who many argue is past his prime.
Following that, the possible departure of Riqui Puig could prove to be a major step backward for the club and it remains to be seen what further steps will be taken by Ronald Koeman and Barcelona.
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