Everyone around Riqui Puig knew that sooner or later the Spaniard would arrive in the Barcelona senior team, and following Quique Setien’s arrival, that is exactly where he is placed.
He has been integrated into the first team dynamic, first of all in training, and now he is likely to star at the Camp Nou, the stadium which he has been eyeing up from a very young age.
“What he did when he was young is being repeated now at the Camp Nou, he isn’t afraid of anything,” explained his former coach, Sergio Espejo.
“We already saw when he was young just what he could do, he was especially daring, a different sort of talent.”
Compared to both Xavi and Andres Iniesta, Puig had been expected to force his way into the club’s midfield, but his progress had become stunted under Ernesto Valverde.
He joined the club in 2013, and he first started to gain attention for his quick feet and his ability with the ball.
Despite his slender frame, he was impossible to dispossess, his low centre of gravity proving a perfect compliment to his innate technique.
As soon as Setien arrived his first action was to make Puig part of the first team at the club, he was part of Setien’s first training session and he was withdrawn from a Barcelona B fixture.
He only travelled once with the team this term, yet with Setien it is different and you can expect to see him feature soon enough.