Its been all change since Mullan took the reigns at Espanyol after a flurry of transfer activity. However after tonights 3-0 win over Dortmund the spanish side sit a credible seventh in division 1.
There is a big question mark over new signing Aguero’s long term future with fears of him retiring growing. However 6 goals in 6 games, has seen the side go from being goal shy, to being more potent in attack. New signings Brozovic and Fekir in particular have settled in well, both assisting and scoring goals.
“we are still in the experimental stage, looking at different tactics, whilst bedding in the new players. We have a few players who will improve during the updates, and it will give us further options. Obviously the news about Aguero is a massive blow and it was a gamble we felt worth taking at the time Sometimes they pay off, and sometimes they dont. His 6 goals in 6 games is exactly why we signed him, however if retirement is confirmed, then that will be a massive void for us to fill, especially in such a competitive division.
I’m liking the look of our youth team, there is some real raw talent in there, and it only takes one or two to really break through to give you options and essential assets. Our aim now is to try and pick up as many points as possible between now and the end of the season to stay in the safe zone, whilst having a good look at all our first team squad options. There is going to be opportunities for the likes of Under, Raphinha, Buanga and Buksa, to get some game time and show us what they can do. We will need to decide which games we throw fringe players in and also how many at any given time. We are pretty solid in 7th, but not really in any danger of pushing towards the top four this season. We have a healthy gap to the drop zone, so it makes perfect sense to me to keep exploring our different options now, rather than being forced to because of an injury/suspension crisis”