Marcelino the man who brought Villarreal back to La Liga and made them a strong Spanish team again, controversially left in the summer along with Eric Bailly who was one of their best players and news about Mateo Musacchio on his way to Milan which fortunately didn’t happen. Things were looking disastrous for Villarreal they lost both of their Champions League playoff ties against Monaco but they were doing pretty decent in La Liga.
However things got better for them as Fran Escriba managed to turn things around as they managed to beat Malaga, Sociedad and picking up a point against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu which is not an easy place to go and they also did considerably well in the Europa League as they managed to win their first game and pick up a draw in the second game.
Villarreal are currently top in their Europa League group and they are unbeaten in La Liga with a record of 15 goals scored, five clean sheets and three goals conceded. Only two points separating them from log leaders Atletico Madrid and so far they have been very good with their two key players Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakambu injured. However Bakambu returned from injury against Celta Vigo and scored. Sergio Asenjo has also been a key figure for Villarreal at the back as he has been outstanding in goal this season.
The Impact of the New Arrivals?
With the departures of key players like Denise Suarez, Eric Bailly and Areola, Villarreal are not shy to spend money and replace players they have. However they managed to bring in some players who have been very helpful for them so far.
- Nicola Sansone
With Pato still trying to settle into the Villarreal team Fran Escriba decided to convert Sansone into a centre forward which helped the team massively as he managed to score some good goals especially the wonder strike against Real Sociedad, which many say is a contender for goal of the season. Sansone was signed from Italian side Sassuolo in the summer and he has looked sharp for Villarreal having been involved in five goals (four goals and one assist) for Villarreal in eight games, he’s the club’s top goal scorer in La Liga so far.
- Roberto Soriano
Another player who arrived from Serie A has been useful in terms of tracking back and creating chances, and last week against Celta Roberto bagged his brace in 15 minutes as Villarreal ran riot beating Celta 5-0. Not much is expected from him this season but if he can score seven to nine goals than it will be considered as a good season for him.
- Alexandre Pato
He hasn’t settled in yet the way most people would’ve wished, but Pato has looked pretty decent so far, managing to score 3 goals in all competitions making him Villarreal’s second top scorer and as a backup forward Villarreal have a player whom can provide plenty of goals this season.
Tuta Ilonga, Spanish football expert, on 21/10/2016 at 12:03
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