This Saturday the news broke. Ronald Koeman left out of the squad for Joan Gamper Riqui Puig. The announcement was extremely surprising, although soon after it made sense. RAC1 dropped the bomb: the new coach of the Barça He communicated to the young canterano that he did not have him, that he did not enter into his plans and that the most beneficial thing for all was that he looked for an exit, a new destination where he could add the minutes that he will not have in the club that saw him grow. Later he confirmed that he had recommended to go on loan.
This is another kick, another blow plus the structure of The Farmhouse. With no one currently ruling the club, with Josep Maria Bartomeu in the final stretch of a deteriorated presidency, without signings, with the starting door stuck and without a sporting course; Koeman decides and does so by setting aside one of the greatest talents of the Blaugrana quarry in recent times, such as Riqui Puig that already, last season, he left footballer dyes that may be when Quique Setién bet on him.
But The farmhouse It has long ceased to be that talent factory that produced in favor of the club, from which the first team was nurtured to achieve the highest goals. The Age of Messi, Xavi or Iniesta it will come to an end next year with the Argentine’s departure. Barça goes from pampering their talent to giving it away.
Puig It is the latest in a long and extensive list (Jorge Cuenca’s sale to Villarreal was also confirmed on Saturday) of wasted and under-sold talent. Waiting for how their situation is resolved in the coming days, since offers will not be lacking after the announcement, at the head of the partner or fan culé come the names of Marc Cucurella, Dani Olmo, Adama Traoré, Eric García, Alejandro Grimaldo, Marc Bartra, Gerard Deulofeu, Héctor Bellerín, André Onana or even Take Kubo … The enumeration could go on but a few names speak for themselves. Proven players, now competing at the highest level, fully revalued, even some for whom it is intended to bid today.
He Barça has made his quarry the quarry of all and for very low prices. In case of Cucurella it is, in addition to the most recent, the most flagrant. The culés sold him for six million to Getafe and today teams like him Chelsea or Seville show interest in him by multiplying the blue bet several times. Onana, Bellerín, Olmo or Eric García They are players that the club let go through the back door, at very low costs, and for whom in recent months it has shown interest in a possible return. Players who grew up and trained at La Masía, who let go and from whom others could profit at the expense of the Blaugrana coffers.
The culés have long stopped resorting to their prolific quarry when they needed it to resort to the foreign market. The marches of the Marc Bartra, Cucurella, Carles Pérez or Abel ruiz in favor of Yerry Mina, Junior firpo or Martin Braithwaite They make it very clear that the club is not committed to its own product in search of an external player with poor performance and who did not meet the needs of a project that is losing more and more meaning. That of Riqui Puig It is the latest, not the latest.