Few Tottenham fans may have been aware of Barcelona starlet Riqui Puig a little over 24 hours ago, but now he is the name on many Spurs fans’ lips.
Spanish newspaper SPORT say that the London club are in pole position to seal a deal for the teenager when his contract expires this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino among his chief admirers at the club.
An attacking minded playmaker in central midfield, Puig has been compared to Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho for his ability to transition play from defence to attack.
As soon as news of Tottenham’s reported interest broke, fans took to Twitter to express their lack of knowledge of his skills or, alternatively, show off what they did know.
Perhaps unsurprisingly as one of La Masia’s top talents, Barcelona fans also reacted to the news with outrage and fury at what they perceived to be mismanagement of one of the brightest talents to come through the ranks at Camp Nou in a decade.
He may be young and lack the huge transfer fee of other players being linked with the Lilywhites this summer, but Puig has certainly got Tottenham fans excited.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
The highlights reel was already making an appearance…
Ricard 'Riqui' Puig
Yup, that's certainly a La Masia midfielder…pic.twitter.com/OOuWeZdCSa
— Nathan A Clark (@NathanAClark) May 18, 2018
Yet some had other concerns…
how do you pronounce Riqui Puig in english ?
— TAS??? (@coys100) May 18, 2018
And some confessed that they didn’t have a clue…
I’m a huge fan of Riqui Puig, been following his career since Spurs were linked about 5 minutes ago and can 100% verify that he’ll definitely be the next big thing
— Ben (@thfcBG) May 18, 2018
Whilst others pretended they did…
Riqui Puig WHAT A PLAYER. Been following him since he was 8 years old and i'm absolutely delighted we're being linked with him. He's the new Andrés Iniesta, the boy has insane technical ability pic.twitter.com/55d912W6gp
— T (@Aurier24i) May 18, 2018
And experts had their say…
As for what he's like, on the admittedly limited times I've watched him, there's an air of Iniesta about him. Physically he's a little weak – remember the kid is still only 18 – but is (naturally) fantastic on the ball, dictates the tempo and can link midfield to attack.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) May 18, 2018
— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) May 18, 2018
And Barcelona fans certainly weren’t happy…
Barcelona fans are actually stressing over the prospect of Riqui Puig joining us, he must be talented…
— LP ?? (@Verttonghen) May 18, 2018
Riqui Puig is very close to join Tottenham Hotspur. That's honestly quite an achievement for this board. We know how incompetent the board is and things could've much worse like him joining Real Madrid. We seriously are about to offload our wisest decision maker in La Masia.
— ? (@BusquetsLegacy) May 18, 2018
My heart can't take this anymore.
Mboula and Gomez were very special wingers.
Navarro was nicknamed ' Spanish Ronaldinho' due to his creative playmaking.
Pablo Moreno is La Masia's all time top scorer.
Riqui Puig is without a single doubt the best and most mature in La Masia.
— S????'s R??s ?? (@Robertonical) May 18, 2018