VUSA Podcast #89: Allen and Jamie look to next year


It’s been quite a season for Villarreal. Profitable, sure, with a run to the Champions League semi-finals, but ultimately missed out partly due to injury issues and also due to our keeper regressing to his average (yes, I’m channeling Zach here! ).

In the league, a slow start and some late defeats against eventually relegated sides – Alavés and Levante – mean we will become the first Spanish team to enter the UEFA Europa Conference League. (The Spanish place was left vacant last year because we ended up in the CL, so the 6th and 7th teams played in the Europa League).

We have a lot of questions to answer this offseason. Pau Torres and Arnaut Danjuma are the two most likely players to leave, and Villarreal certainly won’t stand in the way of either player if the offer is good enough and the player wants to leave. But we also have players on loan coming back, some players in the squad who are getting long in the tooth… you get the idea.

And, we probably have over €80m in revenue from the Champions League race (€72m before TV money). What do we do with that? Probably save a lot for future purchases, although we’d clearly like to add Gio Lo Celso permanently. What about underperforming or less reliable players like Paco Alcacer or Boulaye Dia? And, having let Sergio Asenjo’s contract expire, are we going to sign someone to push the mercurial but temperamental Geronimo Rulli into the starting goalkeeper position? Questions, questions. Enjoy and Endavant Villarreal.

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