El Centrocampista

YOUNG GUNS – Valencia and their exciting new signings

By Archie Buck

Valencia have had great success in turning promising players into world renowned stars.

Need I mention Señor’s Villa, Albiol and Silva? Add to that Mata, Banega and arguably Soldado and it is clear the club have a fairly exceptional record of nurturing talent.

The current state of Valencia’s finances unfortunately dictates their transfer policy.

They must be as economical as possible, in terms of wages and the transfer fees themselves.

They must also look to turnover profit if players are sold on.

It is no good bringing someone whose value has potential to decline rapidly, due to age or injury.

Of course there is always risk involved. Players are not robots, scouts and coaches make mistakes, in some cases you may have to accept you have signed the wrong player and move them on swiftly.

Last season Emery implemented both a 4-4-2 formation as well as a 4-2-3-1 with both relying strongly on the abilities of the wide men.

With the departures of Vicente and Joaquin, it was clear Valencia would be weakened so replacements had to be sought.

Piatti looks to be the man brought in to fill that void.

The young Argentine attacker was handed his first cap in June after a good year with former club Almeria, where he averaged  a respectable goal every five games.

Although operating mainly up front  for the Andalusian side,  I think he may be implemented on the right side of the 4-2-3-1 formation for Valencia.

Injuries to Soldado, Aduriz or Jonas may mean he may have to play as the main striker on occasion, but I believe he will feature mainly on the right.

Among other things, this will provide good competition for Pablo Hernandez.

Daniel Parejo, signed from Getafe fort a reported €6 million,  is the same age as Piatti at 22 and also looks to have great future ahead of him.

Parejo normally plays central midfield and is very much an attack minded player and like Juan Mata, he was deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid earlier in his career.

He is the sort of player that can pick a pass but if a chance comes along will tuck it away more times than not.

If Emery plays the 4-2-3-1 formation I wonder whether he will shift Mata back out wide (as opposed to centrally as he operated at points last season) and put Parejo in the hole behind Soldad?

This would allow him to accommodate Sergio Canales into the team in central midfield, however this is working on the assumption that the players will slot straight into the team.

Canales himself, is an interesting one.

Sergio Canales has had little few opportunities in the capital.

Jose Mourinho does not rate him, that seems to be plainly obvious.

He must not have shown the ‘special one’ enough in training to suggest any outstanding quality.

That said he is being compared by others to Xabi Alonso, one of the best passers of a football in the world and also Kaka,  a truly superb attacking midfielder.

He looked very promising at Racing there is no doubt about that.

It  now falls to Valencia to take him to the next level and it’s a great deal for Los Che, a loan with a buyout contract is as risk free as it gets.

Canales will get chances at Valencia, the club is not blessed with great depth in central midfield.

All three players were acquired from La Liga, which is also important as they have shown they can perform in the league and limits the risk.

They are young enough to mature under Emery but also have potential for resale, something important to a club with Valencia’s financial difficulties.

They were brought in on the cheap and even if they are later resold to a lesser club you could expect the out fee to match or beat the in fee – an ideal situation would be some future interest from English Premier League or Serie A clubs.

As it stands, Valencia have acquired three young and exciting players that could prove very shrewd signings this season. Only time will tell if they can fulfil the huge potential they all possess.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnOUFlHplH0&w=560&h=349]


  1. bulers

    5 August, 2011 at 10:23

    Valencia seems to be making one good decision after another after years of mismanagement (Haven’t forgiven Koeman for screwing this club over and getting paid for it). The sales of Villa, Silva and Albiol could not have been managed better, and they seem to have unearthed capable replacements in the likes of Mata and Hernandez. Rooting for them to get out of the financial mess they’re in and get back to challenging for La Liga like they did before.

    I think you might be confusing Canales and Parejo’s position though… Parejo seems more apt to be the more creative operator of the “2” in a 4-2-3-1 rather than the one in the Mata position. He’s always been a central midfielder at least when he was rising through the ranks at Real Madrid and when he was initially loaned to Getafe. That being said, I didn’t follow Getafe closely last season, so he may have been shifted somewhere else. On the other hand, Canales is more the of the traditional mediapunta type behind the striker and seems a ready made replacement for Mata in case they decide to sell him.

  2. Archie Buck

    5 August, 2011 at 16:46

    Yes, it’s true Parejo’s natural position is central midfield. What I like about him though is he has that ability to arrive in the box at the perfect time and connect with a pull back or a deflection down. He has the ability to strike a ball from range as well and pick a pass. I thought it could be interesting to see him play in a more offensive role.

    In terms of Canales, his vision and his passing ability are great. I just felt he needs to bed in and get back into regularly playing football. I thought he would be able to pull the strings a little bit more from central midfield. I thought that by throwing him in straight away behind the striker, the game could easily pass him by. I may be wrong he may come bounding out of the blocks and immediately command a place in the team, just felt if Banega was playing the holding role Canales playing in central midfield could get involved without too much pressure on him immediately.

    Perhaps I should have explained in more depth! It was more my view as to where i’d like to see them play. Realistically, unless something spectacular is happening in training, I think Canales will be warming the bench for the first few games. I don’t see Mata not playing in the hole, he was so effective last season, we will see though, he has played wide in a couple of the friendlies.

    Cheers for the feedback!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Follow us and get La Liga news right in your feed!