Sabella Reshuffles Squad Numbers
Today, Valencia have announced the reshuffle of squad numbers for the upcoming campaign. Many of the players have seen the numbers that they wear change compared to the previous seasons. However, this has angered many fans that have purchased this seasons jersey’s already. Several fans wrote on Twitter about their fury at the changes.
The changes include captain Dani Parejo taking the number eight shirt, changing from ten, who is now worn by Paco Alcácer. The number eight shirt also had a previous owner, in the shape of Feghouli, who now wears the number seven shirt, taking it from Álvaro Negredo, who is still out with a broken foot, which he sustained while at Manchester City last season. Negredo will now wear the number nine shirt, taking that from Alcácer.
Other high profile switches include José Gayá’s switch from number thirty-one to three, signalling that he will be Sabella’s number one left back, as he was during preseason, playing all five games and impressing the Argentine with mature performances, despite being 19. The number three shirt was previously by Portuguese Rúben Vezo, who did not make a single appearance during the preseason campaign.
New signing Gudelj, who joined from PSV Eindhoven during this window will wear the number six shirt, which was previously worn by Argentine centre back Lucas Orban, who has moved to the number five shirt. German World Cup winner and new signing Mustafi has taken the number four shirt, which was previously assigned to no one.
Summer signing Nicolás Otamendi has been assigned number sixteen, having previously not been given a number. Loan player Rodrigo has been given the number eleven shirt, which previously belonged to Argentine Pablo Piatti, who has not had a new number assigned and left out of the squad for this seasons league campaign, hinting a move could be on the cards for the winger after a less than impressive preseason.
However, some players have had their numbers stay the same. 20 year old Rodrigo De Paul has retained his number twenty shirt, while Diego Alves has kept his number one shirt, showing that Sabella has full trust in the man between the sticks. Yeol has also kept his squad number, donning the number thirteen shirt for the coming season.
Here are the squad numbers in full: