Riqui Puig’s situation at Barcelona is still a highly debatable matter. Why is it that a player of such enormous potential and one that shines whenever he plays is being treated like an outcast by Ronald Koeman? At face value, this doesn’t make much sense.
Of course, those that have known him from his formative years and early periods in the academy wouldn’t say that it’s his personality. Always a shy and modest kid, the rumours of his character being the problem never really fitted the bill.
However, the media are adamant and the new report by Què T’hi Jugues states that one part of the dressing room has serious issues with the young La Masia talent. According to them, Puig is neither committed nor training well.
That same report suggests that after the game against Juventus, the youngster trained as if he had played the full 90 minutes and not just had a short cameo in the second half. He seems too relaxed and not putting in the effort that is required of a player on the fringes and in development.
The fact that the fans are demanding his presence on the pitch is also not making things any easier for Koeman, who only wants to give game time according to merit.
At the moment, if the media are to be believed, Puig is not deserving of those minutes regardless of the great performances he’s putting in.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.