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Artificial intelligence predicts big things for Riqui Puig future at LA Galaxy

According to artificial intelligence data, the Barcelona midfielder aims to become one of the best footballers in MLS.

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Riqui Puig tendrá impacto positivo en el LA Galaxy
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While Barcelona and the LA Galaxy are fine-tuning the last details that will close off the transfer of Spanish midfielder Riqui Puig to the MLS team, the expectations for the arrival of the blaugrana youngster are high, and with some help from the data provided by Olocip’s artificial intelligence, the 22-year-old could well become one of the best midfielders in the MLS.

Riqui Puig can get back to his best with LA Galaxy in MLS

With the help of the aforementioned prediction tool, we at AS were able to simulate the possible future that Puig will have following his arrival at LA Galaxy until the end of this MLS season, in November.

The data shows that if he plays in the MLS as a left midfielder, the Blaugrana youth player could be better than 85% of the players who play in that position. In addition, It is predicted that he would have a significant increase in performance, which would make him one of the best in the league in that category.

AI data provided by Olocip
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AI data provided by Olocip

According to Olocip, Puig would have an offensive performance close to 68 points, a figure with which he exceeds the MLS average by a wide margin - that sits at 36 points - which would make him the best in that area. It should also be noted that in terms of game construction and ball management, the lad trained at La Masia would also be one of the best in the US league, since the AI tool indicates that he would be better than 86% of the midfielders who compete in the current season of Major League Soccer.

Unsurprisingly, the weak point for Riqui Puig would be the defensive aspect, with the artificial intelligence indicating that with 13 points he would be well below the league average, which has a score close to the 40 points.

Riqui Puig looking to return to his best with LA Galaxy
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Riqui is expected to generate an impact value of 0.28 per 90 minutes. That is to say that he is expected to contribute to the LA Galaxy generating one goal every 321 minutes, taking into account the previous predictive data based on the construction of the game, offensive and defensive opportunities.

This is how, according to the AI, Puig would equal his best performances for Barcelona with the LA Galaxy, the same as he achieved in the 2019-20 season, when he generated a value of 0.29 per 90 minutes in LaLiga, a figure close to the value of 0.28 that is expected in his new stage in the MLS.