Yesterday morning, Ronald Koeman informed Riqui Puig that the player is not in his plans, and the best solution for him would be looking for a new club.
The news made many Culés quickly turn against Koeman, who shortly afterward corrected his words and stated that “he only advised him to go out on loan to get more minutes“. It is noteworthy that Koeman’s correction came after president Bartomeu’s statement in which the chief told that “the media exaggerated” and that “it isn’t true that the coach does not count on Puig”.
According to Sport’s correspondent Albert Roge, Puig wants to stay at Barcelona and prove the Dutch manager wrong.
Fans see Riqui Puig as one of La Masia’s best players in the last decade, if not the best, hence the 21-year-old is considered “untouchable”.
With Pjanic being a new option in the midfield for the manager, we would have to wait and see whether Puig will surprise Koeman and make it into his eleven.
Ter Stegen and Umtiti are back in Barcelona training
Barcelona have been going through an injury crisis in the last few months. The latest addition to Barça’s injury list was Ronald Araujo. However, the Blaugranas’ luck might chance as two players have come back to training after lengthy setbacks.
The two players in question are Marc-André Ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti. The former hasn’t featured in the fixtures since the 8-2 drubbing suffered in Lisbon. For Umtiti’s, he hasn’t played for Barça since the 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in June where he was dire. After such big injuries, having these two players back is a relief for Culés. While Neto has been superb in goal, Ter Stegen is world-class and Umtiti can provide backup at the back.
❗Ter Stegen and Umtiti partly trained with the group today. pic.twitter.com/nzZE8wM6Kx— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 29, 2020
With Ronald Araujo out for a month, Barcelona gain in Umtiti a competent, although declining, centre-back. The former Lyon prodigy hasn’t played like his former self of late and has to prove a point. For Ronald Koeman, having a centre-back on the bench is a relief, even if he’s not the best. The goal now for Umtiti is to get back to his best. Let’s not forget there was a debate between him and Clément Lenglet before his injuries.