What next for Sevilla? Changes needed after poor start

Diego Alonso has had a difficult start to life at Sevilla. The Uruguayan has yet to win a league game following his appointment on October 10 following the sacking of José Luis Mendilibar. Despite drawing against bitter rivals Real Betis on Sunday after a wonderful strike from Ivan Rakitic brought them level, there remains a bad feeling around the club that currently sits 13th in La Liga.

The club is consequently looking at short and long-term changes that will improve their position, as reported by Relevo. Vice-president José María Del Nido Carrasco will be named club president, although this is not expected to shake things up too much. Instead, all eyes are currently on the January transfer window, where Sevilla will have to be more active than previously expected.

Players running out of contract

Of the players whose contracts are coming to an end, only Rakitic has shown enough to merit a contract extension, becoming one of, if not the most important player for Sevilla. Others, such as Oliver Torres and Erik Lamela, could both be let go should an offer come in that satisfies all parties. Morrocan striker Youssef En Nesyri and Argentie defender Marcos Acuña’s contracts both run out in 2025, but Acuña’s failed move to Aston Villa in the summer has damaged relations with the club, while Sevilla could cash in on En Nesyri before he enters the final year of his contract.

Supporters growing unhappy with Diego Alonso

It became clear in the game against Real Betis that Diego Alonso has not been able to implement his ideas, and Sevilla continue to struggle. Supporters are growing restless at the lack of results, and despite Del Nido Carrasco’s vote of confidence, who said, “we trust completely in the manager,” the Uruguayan will need to find the results which could be bolstered by signings in the upcoming January transfer window.

GSFN | Finn Entwistle

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