A new manager at Barcelona could mean a new start for Riqui Puig, after the youngster was almost completely frozen out of the first-team picture under Ronald Koeman.
Whilst there’s a chance that Puig’s wish will be granted, it isn’t a guarantee, and with the likes of Gavi and Pedri having superseded him in the team, it’ll be a potentially hard road.
Moreover, it wasn’t just Koeman who, apparently, didn’t trust him. Both Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien barely played him either.
One manager can be wrong about a player, but three suggests something a little more deep rooted.
A suggestion that Joan Laporta had put pressure on Koeman to play Puig more was refuted by the president, reported by AS and cited by Football Espana, so any perceived influence from above may not be the case either.
What’s clear is that if Puig is unable to inspire under Xavi’s tutelage, that’ll be the end of his Barcelona career.