Former Barcelona B team manager Gerard Lopez has revealed why Riqui Puig has failed to excel under first-team coach Xavi Hernandez.
Puig is been linked with a move to LA Galaxy at the tender age of 22 when he is supposed to remain with the team for further development, he was exempted from training in a bid to settle his future which lies away from Camp Nou.
Lopez believes that Puig is supposed to win a place in the team and the inability of the youngster not to secure a spot is not down to him, Lopez spoke to Catalunya Radio about the issue “Riqui [Puig] did not triumph at Barca due to a lack of opportunities.”
“With confidence, he would have grown and it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It’s true that he wasn’t used too much by either Koeman or Xavi. I do believe he was an ideal player for Barcelona. With Ronald, above all, he didn’t have chances. Managers, sometimes, we are very special.”
“With Quique Setien was the time when he felt best and I remember that game in Vitoria against Alaves when he was the best [player].”
Mundo Deportivo carried the quotes and Lopez continued on to say that he thought Puig was treated differently from other players.
“I feel bad because Riqui has talent. It seemed like he had to show more than others. He has been criticised without having played. Others have played that haven’t performed as well. He has either had people backing him or criticising him strongly, he could have done with a middle point.”
Xavi at this point see Puig as a surplus to requirement in his team.