Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic right now is a brief appreciation post for Riqui Puig. I think Puig is playing brilliantly right now and he deserves special credit for what he is doing on the pitch. Let’s go a while back when all we knew about Puig was that he was a talented Barca B player. We knew that there is this young lad who can play well, right? However, we did not know much about him. I talked one or a few times about how he deserves a little playing time and that’s it. No one knew his potential.
Puig displayed an incredible example of grabbing the opportunity by its neck whenever it comes. Puig was never in our cards when this season started. We were all depending upon Frenkie De Jong, Busquests and maybe, Vidal to run the midfield. Arthur was a solid candidate as well. We all fantasized about the trio of Busqi, Arthur, and De Jong in the midfield. However, none of us knew how things would turn out. We never had the idea that a 20-year-old Barca B player is going to come and leave us all in shock. This kid is a gem.
PUIG APPRECIATION POST
The main reason for writing this post specifically to appreciate Puig is because of these two assists in the previous game. Barcelona went on to face Deportivo Alaves at their home soil. It was the final game of this season and we were all hoping that Barcelona plays good and entertaining football. Guess what happened? Barcelona dominated the entire game. They made Alaves look like the 2nd division team and ended up winning the game by 5 goals to nil. Sure that is exciting, but guess what is even more exciting? Puig got 2 assists. What an achievement!
Setien decided to give some game time to Puig a few games ago. He was only used in the dying minutes of the game and we thought that it was only for his confidence. However, this young lad surprised us since the first time he started playing for us. He made fans and lovers just after 5-10 minutes of game time in his first game. The entire world became aware of what gem was hiding in the Barca academy. It was soon that he earned more game time and eventually, a place in the starting eleven. Who would have thought?
Puig got 2 assists against Deportivo Alaves. He broke the record of being the youngest Barcelona player to do this in a single game. This record was previously held by Thiago Alcantara. You can see what a player Thiago has turned into. I think Puig has a similar or even more potential than him. He is just 20 years of age and has many footballing years ahead of him. I just hope that he excels in his career and stays loyal to the Catalonia badge.
I am hopeful that he is going to be vital for us in the Champions League. Let’s see.