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Valencia CF: El Aumento De Los Valencianos

Follow my journey where I take Valencia back to the top!
Started on 15 November 2014 by Tallery
Latest Reply on 7 June 2015 by pompeyblue
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InTheStands Exclusive


Written by Layla Fernandez-Taylor, Spainsh Football Editor and Correspondent

Valencia have been performing above many people’s expectations this season. It comes as a real shock to the footballing world. Considering the almost free-fall they have been in the last few seasons, especially domestically, the sudden rise back to the top of La Liga – the first time since the 2003/04 season – has given the fans the right to optimism in what the future holds under Alejandro Sabella. However, this success does come at a price. An InTheStands source reports that host of Europe’s top clubs are interested in securing the signatures of Valencia’s best performing players in the upcoming transfer windows, giving the Valencia hierarchy and management team some tough decisions to think about. In this exclusive report, we will try and make that decision slightly easier for Sabella, by reviewing each player and coming to the conclusion of sell or keep, and just about anything inbetween.

Player One: João Pereira

The Portuguese right-back has certainly been one of Valencia’s top performances this season, with the Spanish press giving him an average rating of 7.76 this season. His experience has been invaluable for Los Che this season, with the average of the rest of Valencia’s defence that have made appearances this season totalling a youthful 22.4 years. His leadership qualities and dangerous throws are no doubt important to Valencia, but with the player on the wrong side of thirty – and the second oldest member of the current first team – it could be a good time to cash in on him. His current value is around 2m according to, and the two clubs interested in securing his signature – Torino and Arsenal from Italy and England respectively – could easily cough up the cash required for his services. His wages also wouldn’t provide a stumbling block, with the player currently thought to be earning around £30k a week (accounting to 4% of Valencia’s current wage bill). However, the quality of right-backs in the market at the moment is relatively low, so Valencia may struggle to bring in a replacement of the same quality.

Verdict: Sell

Player Two: Sofiane Feghouli

The Algerian winger has set La Liga alight this season, and his form has shown no signs of dipping despite the 24 year old playing an impressive part in Algeria’s World Cup campaign. The Spanish press has also rated Feghouli’s performances highly this season, with an average rating of 7.22. His creative abilities are out of this world, and his work rate is just of what you would want out of any player, making him great both in attack and defensively. With the player yet to hit his prime, he could develop in to one of the best wingers in the game. Currently valued at £7.75m by, the club chasing him – Everton – would struggle to afford this without any serious sails themselves, as Los Che are likely to ask for much more than his value given his importance to the team, which probably makes the transfer unlikely to happen on both parts.

Verdict: Stay

Player Three: Dani Parejo

The Valencia captain is also not far away from transfer speculation. Parejo is one of the best playmakers in La Liga, possessing very good vision to spot those passes, and then the technique to pull them off. However, not being the most athletic and strong player, it would be interesting to see how he would cope in a more physical league, such as the Premier League – which is where his suitors (Liverpool and Newcastle) call home. However, the speculation of a move has got to Parejo’s head, with the midfielder reportedly telling Sabella he wants to leave. This is not the first time Parejo has asked to leave, with the player reportedly making the same request when Inter Milan showed their interest. However, this time, Sabella may be willing to let the player go, despite his playmaking talents, as a captain that isn’t loyal to his club is not what the Argentine needs. Currently valued at £6.75m by, Liverpool will have no problems spending the money required to get him to move from sunny Spain to rainy England, but Newcastle may lose out due to the lack of funds and the allure of Champions League football. Currently earning a reported £25k a week, the money though, shouldn’t prove a problem for either club, putting a transfer away from Valencia likely. There are also plenty of players that could fill Parejo’s role, which means Parejo’s presence in the middle of the park won’t be missed.

Verdict: Sell

Player Four: José Luis Gáya

The young left-back has come on leaps and bounds this season, and has cemented himself as the first choice left-back with ease, despite being the tender age of 19. Due to his impressive breakthrough season, top clubs have started to take notice of the potential he has, and a move to Champions League football had seemed to get his interest. However, a move abroad to Liverpool was quickly shut down by Sabella, with the player saying to his coach that Champions League football next season would be enough to persuade him to stay, something which looks very likely at this point in the season. However, if Valencia’s season were to take a dramatic turn for the worse and they were to miss out on Europe’s elite competition, a move could well happen, and Los Che could lose one of their brightest players and Gáya would follow the paths of the likes of David Silva, David Villa and Juan Mata, who have all had success away from the club, making a move that slightly more attractive for the young player. Wages shouldn’t prove a stumbling block for both Liverpool and the other club reportedly showing interest – Tottenham – as he is reportedly taking home a measly £12k a week. However, despite being valued at a small price - £2.5m – his potential and performances would most likely shoot his value in to the £20m bracket, something that the clubs would probably not be prepared to cough up for a player relatively unproven at the highest level.

Verdict: Stay

So there you have it, the lowdown of Valencia’s current players attracting other clubs, and our opinions on whether they will be departing or sticking around at the Mestalla.
AlexTHFC's avatar Group AlexTHFC
9 yearsEdited
Verdict: k

Very nice update! Let's see if you can fight off the interest :P
great roundup there man; Gaya looks like an incredible talent, it'd be a shame if you were to lose him
Absolutely great stuff!
@Alex: Hopefully I can, but I am prepared to let a few go
@InfraRed: Gaya is sensational
@sloma: thanks a lot man :)
Superb update Tallery, hopefully you can hold onto your key players and continue to be succesful!


In the month of December, Valencia play a total of five games. They kick off the month by playing Granada at home, before starting their Copa Del Rey campaign against Hopsitalet away. The next game is a league game against Real Sociedad, before playing the return leg of the Hospitalet tie at home. They finish the month away to Athletic Bilbao.

Gameweek 15:

Managers View:

This was a tough game for both the players and me. Granada dominated the middle of the park and made it really hard for us to break them down, and we struggled to contain them ourselves. Every little tactical change I made was ineffective, and so I just had to rely on the players to get me through. Eventually, the quality we needed, after Parejo’s freekick caused Roberto a problem, and the rebound fell to the feet of Negredo, who buried it. This kind of style is not pretty, but a more scrappy, win one-nil type of game is essential to winning the title.

Copa Del Rey Round 5, 1st Leg:

Managers View:

The Copa Del Rey is a trophy we are targeting, and to win in this manner was very pleasing. I opted for a more inexperienced line-up to give our regulars a rest, and they all certainly proved they can do the job. It only took two minutes for the break through, as Tielemans’ head met with De Paul’s corner, and found the net, and this was his first goal for the club. The next goal hit the back of the net eight minutes later, with Feghouli getting himself on the scoresheet. Alcácer, who has struggled to find the target recently - despite his early season form, was the next to get in on the act. Rodrigo’s cross found Alcácer, who hit a shot, which nestled in the goal, and that was his twentieth goal of the season. He then found the net again just a minute later, with De Paul’s brilliance setting the Spaniard up with an easy chance. After half-time, the goal scoring continued, with Rodrigo connecting with Feghouli’s cross. Fuego then rounded off the win with a stunning freekick from long range. The victory really showed that our second team can perform, albeit it was against a lowly opposition, but it gives me no worries in the future.

Gameweek 16:

Managers View:

Another solid, but tight, win really. We showed our quality, and that we don’t just rely on our strikers to get the ball. The first goal came from a corner given away by Gaztañaga. Parejo floated the ball in, and it found Otamendi, who had no problems finishing it off. It wasn’t until the seventieth minute that Valencia found the net again, with captain Dani Parejo scoring a fabulous freekick from twenty-five yards. It was another even game, but we pulled through.

Copa Del Rey Round 5, 2st Leg:

Manager’s View

With the tie effectively won, there was no pressure on the players to make sure they won. Although, Hospitalet’s defending was much improved from the first leg, we still dominated. We had twenty-three shots in total, a very nice amount, but it took us time to find the breakthrough, with Rodrigo connecting with Pereira’s cross from the deep and placing it into the back of the net in the sixty-fourth minute. However, it wasn’t until the ninetieth minute that Valencia got their second, with De Paul finishing off a fantastic move. It was a game we dominated, and the only problem was the lack of goals to show for it.

Gameweek 17:

Managers View:

I always thought this would be a tough game, and boy was I proved right. Bilbao are a quality side, and despite their transfer rules, have good players in every position. When Rodrigo put us ahead in the nineteenth minutes, I felt a sense of relief and jubilation, but it didn’t last long unfortunately, as Óscar De Marcos quickly equalized. When Alcácer then netted on the brink of half time, I was unbelievably happy that we were in front, and for him, as it was his first goal in La Liga for four games. We managed to defend really well in the second half, as Bilbao really turned up the quality – but our defence was never breached and we left with all three points.

League Table

Valencia are now five points clear of second place at the top of La Liga, on 44 points from 17 games. They have scored 44 goals and only conceded an impressive 11 goals, a joint league low. This leaves their goal difference at an impressive +33.

Coming Up: January

Valencia play a huge 6 games in the month of January. They start the new year away to Eibar, before playing the first leg of the Copa Del Rey against Sevilla away before facing them at home a week later for the return leg. In between these two games, Los Che face high flying Celta at home, and then play Elche and Real Madrid at home to round up the month.
An excellent update and an excellent month for Valencia! Next month will, as you say, be very diificult but hopefully you can repeat these sort of performances and extend that lead at the top even more!
And, while I'm at it...


AlexTHFC's avatar Group AlexTHFC
9 yearsEdited
Who needs Messi or Ronaldo when you have Rodrigo and Alcacer :D

Well done on 250!
Great month. Loving the graphics and the story overall keep up the good work :D
Love the InTheStands Exclusive. The effort you put into your updates is immense
2015-04-21 23:13#211819 Maximus94 : Love the InTheStands Exclusive. The effort you put into your updates is immense

I 2nd that mate awesome stuff

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