T he Villarreal is already working for the next season and one of the tests is the arrival of Aissa Mandi to the Yellow Submarine. It is not official, but its arrival for 2021/22 is a fact and it also closes a risk-free operation. He arrives free and is a consolidated player in the elite and LaLiga. That is one of the most important points. The footballer is not a mystery, but a reality. A center-back with a good start and great passing game who, although he has played in a defense with criticism in recent years like Betis, has never focused on his figure, and that is a great proof of the level he has.
Unai Emery achieves with the arrival of Mandi another profile, but similar to the ones he has. It is vital to understand the game with the ball and for that it was important to continue with the line of footballers like Pau Torres and Raúl Albiol. Also Foyth, despite the mistake against Barcelona. However, there is still the doubt about whether the Argentine will continue with the yellow elastic. With Funes Mori there are fewer doubts and it is that everything seems to indicate that the club will leave next summer. The Argentine, beyond specific moments, has shown that his level could be sufficient but never close to remarkable. And the demand in La Cerámica is maximum.
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For that very reason, Mandi’s arrival is seen as another step forward. A sensational market operation in a yellow key that would allow a staff rotation in all competitions and even cushion a possible departure of Pau Torres.
Jorge Cuenca is also prepared
Villarreal already signed a central defender last summer with the 21/22 season in mind. A prepared defender, with games in the lower categories of the national team and that Barça abandoned to sign for the Miralcamp team. However, as happened with Pau Torres despite the fact that in his case he was a youth squad, Jorge Cuenca had to go to the silver category to later make the leap. This year he has played for Almería, an absolute candidate for promotion and third place behind Espanyol and Mallorca. Good aerial game, ball out and increasingly rocky and better at the crash. He has to improve in the choice of when to leave position but he is a footballer with enormous projection.