Thursday, March 25, 2021

Cillessen injured, Gonzalo Villar continues to shine

 Bad news for Valencia. Just when he'd returned and was beginning to play well, Jasper Cillessen got injured while on international duty with the Netherlands. 

He's expected to be out for 2-3 weeks, missing the game away to Cadiz and probably the home game versus Sociedad. It's a blow because he's looked more convincing than Jaume between the sticks.

Meanwhile in the internationals, Gonzalo Villar scored for Spain under-21s. Valencia let him join Elche in 2018, with the club retaining 80% of the rights, which meant that 3.2 million was earned when he joined Roma in January last year. That's the end of the good news. Valencia no longer has any rights in the player, who is now a regular defensive midfielder for Roma and whose value has reached at least 15 million. It's another failure of Valencia's often chaotic youth policy under Meriton, who claim to be interested in developing youth but often let promising ones slip away for next to nothing.