Sevilla’s Spending Spree Is Good News For Lopetegui4 min read
The news that Oliver Torres will become Sevilla’s ninth signing of this summer’s transfer window will be music to the ears of new coach, Julen Lopetegui.
After having his fingers burned at Real Madrid, the new man in charge needs to hit the ground running at the Andalusian club, and sporting director Monchi has recognised the need to give Lopetegui exactly what he requires.
For a time last season, Sevilla looked good for a title tilt but eventually ran out of steam. Players such as Andre Silva, who’d joined on loan and started like a steam train, faded badly.
It was left to the likes of Pablo Sarabia to drag the team kicking and screaming through matches, but he’s one of the players to have departed the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
PSG saw the opportunity to acquire him for a ludicrously low price and didn’t need asking twice. Quincy Promes has also left, joining Ajax, whilst Luis Muriel, who was on loan at Fiorentina for the second half of last season, has signed permanently for Atalanta.
Those three sales have brought in a combined €43m, and as is his normal practice, Monchi has worked the market fantastically well.
Sergio Reguilon was excellent for Real Madrid in the left-back slot last season, but as soon as Zinedine Zidane returned, the youngster, somewhat surprisingly, lost his place to Marcelo, who’d been in awful form. He joins on loan, a no-brainer of a signing.
Twenty-one-year-old centre-back, Max Wober was picked up for less than €10m from Ajax, and Eredivisie rivals, PSV, were also plundered as the Andalusians secured the signing of their excellent striker Luuk de Jong.
Joan Jordan, a capture from Eibar, will shore up the centre of midfield whilst Lucas Ocampos will give Sevilla pace down the left wing. Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos and Munas Dabbur will also add depth.
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Lopetegui’s first test will be how to fuse all of his new arrivals altogether, but he does have the luxury of knowing that for most positions in the squad he has adequate cover.
Torres’ arrival will likely please him the most, given that they’ve previously worked together successfully at both Porto and the Spanish U21 side.
It would be no surprise to see the 24-year-old dictating the tempo and rhythm of Sevilla’s attacks, with the team using their width and pace to hit sides effectively on the counter.
We can expect an exciting, attacking brand of football, and as long as the team can start the season well, Lopetegui has the platform to build.
However, the club mustn’t act in haste if things don’t fall into place immediately.
He is their 14th coach in the last 19 years, with Unai Emery (three years) and Joaquin Caparros (five years) taking up almost half of that time.
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