Four Barcelona reserves players who deserve to be in the main team next season – including this Euro U19 winner

Barcelona Opinion: Three reserves players who should earn promotion to Barca’s main team next season.

Barcelona are bracing themselves for an optimistic 2019/20 season with new signings like Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and Neto.

As far as the reserves side is concerned, certain players were able to grab the spotlight at the end of last season while a few have made an impression in the pre-season friendlies.

Here are the players who deserve to be in the main team next season.

Riqui Puig

Not only did he garner attention with his incredible spell with Barca’s reserves side but also under Ernesto Valverde, putting in some impressive displays even with limited opportunities.

The 20-year-old encompasses nothing but pure talent, even to the point that he can walk alongside the greats like Xavi and Iniesta.

Barcelona’s midfielder Riqui Puig (L) is challenged by Chelsea’s Spanish forward Pedro (R) during a football friendly match between Spanish Liga team Barcelona and English Premier League club Chelsea in Saitama on July 23, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Having been a pivotal figure behind the Catalans’ Youth League title win in 2018, Puig has racked up 3 goals and 13 assists so far with the reserves.

The La Masia graduate also shone in the pre-season friendly against Chelsea, showing why he should be with the main team next season.

Carles Perez

Another exciting talent from Barca’s academy, Perez had a great campaign in Spain’s second division last term, racking up 9 goals and 4 assists. Later, the 21-year-old made his senior team debut in the final game of last season.

FC Barcelona’s forward Carles Perez (L) celebrates his goal during the Rakuten Cup football match between Vissel Kobe and FC Barcelona, in Kobe on July 27, 2019. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spaniard winger stole the show in the pre-season friendlies against Vissel Kobe, scoring a brace.

With Malcolm being linked with a Nou Camp exit, Valverde should call Perez to the main team next season. It would further raise the bar for fellow forwards Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

Abel Ruiz

Quite similar to Luis Suarez, Ruiz is another important prospect who shouldn’t be missed by Barca.

PASADENA, CA – JULY 28: Abel Ruiz #7 of Barcelona pursues the play during the second half fo the International Champions Cup 2018 match against the Tottenham Hotspur at Rose Bowl on July 28, 2018 in Pasadena, California. Barcelona defeated Tottenham 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in regulation. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Apart from his main-team debut, Ruiz is having a great year, as he was part of Spain’s U19 team, which lifted the Euro U19 recently.

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Much like Suarez, Ruiz possesses great positional awareness and loves to drift along the frontline to the wings. His stats (9 goals and 4 assists in 60 appearances) might not look healthy but the 19-year-old is made of immense potential.

Moussa Wague

Wague is one of the players who has already etched his mark with the national team. Receiving 17 international caps with the Senegal national team is no mean feat at the age of just 20.

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 24: Moussa Wague of Senegal celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 24, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Senegalese international operates as a right-back and enjoyed an impressive debut with the main team last season. Wague would be a perfect second-string to Nelson Semedo.

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