Barcelona Want Riqui Puig To Join Leeds United On Loan Because Of Marcelo Bielsa
It has been an up and down journey for Puig in recent months.
The youngster has, on several occasions, impressed for the Catalan giants, with a midfield masterclass in a 5-0 win against Alaves being one of the high points. Puig recorded two assists and four key passes, finishing the game with a passing accuracy of 90%.
In fact, Spanish publication SPORT claimed the Dutchman asked Puig to go out on loan to get first team minutes.
Which brings us on to the latest reports in Spain. To further his overall development, Barca see Premier League side Leeds United as the perfect fit for the 21-year-old, who will be able to learn from the experienced Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.
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Bielsa, known for his tactical intricacies, will be able to integrate Puig into his side's possession-based style of play.
The young midfielder would no doubt flourish under the strict Argentine and clearly there is some interest from Puig's party. 90min reported last week that Leeds have been offered the chance to sign the Spain U21 international on loan, with his agent already getting in touch with the Premier League side to gauge whether a move would be possible.
So how good is Puig? A reference from teammate Lionel Messi in 2018 says everything you need to know.
"Messi quickly realised that after Riqui started training with the first team." a report from SPORT said in 2018.
"He wanted him on his side and, of course, the kid was happy to have his idol in front of him. He was not the only one who was astonished. Luis Suárez, Andres Iniesta - a player whom he has many resemblances towards - were also captivated."
Thoughts on the prospect of Riqui Puig in the Premier League? Will he flourish under the Marcelo Bielsa regime?
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