Riqui Puig performing late U-turn over Tottenham deal hasn't gone to plan

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino (L) greets Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde before the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley...

Tottenham Hotspur missed out on Riqui Puig last year.

Riqui Puig of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at Nou Camp on August 04, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Tottenham Hotspur, just like any other club, have missed out on a host of players in recent times, and one of those was Barcelona's Riqui Puig.

Puig, 18, has been coming up through Barcelona's famed academy, and has been touted for a huge future as the heir to Andres Iniesta.

Last summer, his contract with Barca was coming to an end. SPORT in Catalunya reported that Puig was all set to join Tottenham instead, with a deal 'very close'.

 

Just when it looked like he was London-bound, Puig performed a late U-turn and stayed with Barcelona instead, signing a new deal with a €100million (£89million) release clause included according to Mundo Deportivo.

It seemed that Puig would be brought into the Barcelona first-team setup as a result, but he played just two league games and one Copa del Rey game last season, remaining in the Barcelona B side.

Some Barcelona fans have been frustrated by Puig's absence from the first-team setup, and he's remained in the Barcelona B side so far this season despite Ansu Fati making a rapid step-up to Ernesto Valverde's team.

Riqui Puig of Barcelona and Joe Willock of Arsenal competes for the ball during the Joan Gamper trophy match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at Nou Camp on August 4, 2019 in Barcelona,...

Puig hasn't really managed to further his career since that Spurs snub, and having signed the new deal in an attempt to become a Barcelona regular, it hasn't really gone to plan for him over the last year.

Given how fellow young midfielders Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp have played first-team football under Mauricio Pochettino, Puig may well have been able to feature for Spurs on a more regular basis than with Barcelona.

Hopefully Puig doesn't go the same way as Sergi Samper before him, and possibly Carles Alena in being highly-rated Barcelona midfielders who just don't make the grade, but he may well feel that he could have been further along in his development now had he joined Spurs instead of staying put.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino (L) greets Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde before the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley...

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