January 2024 - April 2024
Two players left the club permanently - Laurienté and Mandi. They were not getting many minutes and Pérez saw an opportunity to grab some sort of transfer value from them.
Moukoko was the only signing in this time. The €50,000,000 signing was a stellar move by Villarreal and he was sure to get fans of their feet with his dazzling skill, super speed and formidable shooting ability.
Villarreal Youth Intake
It was a very strong youth intake with some superb prospects coming through. No candidate was ready to make an immediate step up to first-team football but Federico Manfrè was certainly a superbly-exciting prospect.
January started with a bang as Arnaut Danjuma finally decided to show up. He scored a total of 7 goals as Villarreal won six games back-to-back, including league wins against Athletic Club, Real Betis, Huesca and Getafe, while they also progressed in the Copa del Rey with wins over Linares and Almería. They did, however, succumb to a disappointing defeat to Getafe in the cup to end the month on a low.
A goalless draw against Celta Vigo put a pep in the step of Villarreal who then went on to secure wins over Alavés, Valencia and Elche.
March was always going to be the big month of the second half of the season and Villarreal did not do as badly as some may have expected. The high point was a win against Real Sociedad, while draws against Barcelona and Sevilla were certainly respectable. However, a Karim Benzema hat trick in his final season as a Real Madrid player left a sour taste in Villarreal mouths.
Villarreal pushed back in April, continuing on from their win over Real Sociedad. A Moukoko-inspired Villarreal side blasted through Osasuna, Málaga, Granada and Mallorca.
Villarreal Season Stats
Rulli missed just one game due to a minor injury as he recorded a total of 18 games in 37 games with a month to go. His match-winning saves continued and he made strides towards becoming an all-time great for the club.
While Pau Torres continued to run rule in Villarreal's back line, Lucas Vázquez shone from the right flank. A joint team-high of 14 assists proved him to be an incredible source of creativity, despite being in his 30s.
Dani Parejo continued to be the all-important superstar of the team with a combined 28 goals + assists as a deep plying playmaker.
Gerard Moreno's goal scoring form had dried up significantly and he had been pushed out of the starting eleven by January arrival Mouokoko. Moukoko was averaging a goal every 111 minutes, while Danjuma, Pino and Dia also proved to be valuable goal scoring sources.
Phwoar. With 4 games to go, Villarreal had secured Champions League qualification and thus achieving the objective set out last summer. THey had also already broken their LaLiga points record (79 vs 77).
With Champions League qualification in the bag, Villarreal were committed to pushing as hard as they could for a last-minute title charge. Real Madrid were always going to be the clear favourites to win the league but Villarreal had a chance with just a month to go, and that's all they could have ever dreamed of.
Levante, Espanyol, Atlético and Athletic. Four big games for Villarreal. They had absolutely nothing to lose but everything to gain. Armando Pérez's men could go out there with all guns blazing and not worry about losing anything. Show time.
, when a player with his ability ceiling becomes available it's a no-brainer