Alaves hoping to reignite Guidetti and Baston


Following their 14th place Premier League finish in the 2017-18 La Liga season, Alaves having been working hard with transfers ahead of the new campaign.

Following a disastrous start to last season, including nine defeats in their first ten league matches, the club opted to remove Gianni De Biasi and replace him with former Sporting Gijon boss Abelardo Fernandez.

He guided the side to safety, and he has recruited cleverly during the summer as he looks to build on their strong end to the season.

Amongst those he has brought in, are two players with a real point to prove, following recent disappointing seasons – John Guidetti and Borja Baston.

Guidetti, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester City, was on loan at the club from Celta Vigo last season, however he scored just three goals from January. espite his low key goal return, Alaves decided to take up their purchase option on him, bringing him in for a fee of €4 million.

Abelardo is hopeful he can recapture the form he showed at Feyenoord and in patches with Celta Vigo.

During the Galician club’s run to the Europa League semi finals in 2016-17, he played a key role as an attacking foil for Iago Aspas.

However it is likely that he is more remembered for his crucial miss against Manchester United, that could have seen them into the final, at the expense of Jose Mourinho’s side.

It is exactly that type of negative thought that Guidetti will need to get rid of if he is to be a success at his new club, the ninth of his senior career, and he will will need to start the season strongly, if he is to make a statement.

Another player looking to get himself back on track, is on loan striker Borja Baston – following a nightmare two seasons.

After five successive loan spells away from parent club Atletico Madrid, he finally clinched a permanent move at the start of the 2016-17 season – to Swansea City.

His move to the Welsh side came on the back of an impressive season with Eibar, scoring 19 goals, having netted 22 the previous season in the Segunda Division, with Real Zaragoza.

However the move proved a disaster for Baston, with injuries and poorly performing Swansea side, contributing to him scoring just one Premier League goal.

He was then loaned to Malaga last season, where he netted just twice, as they were relegated.

Like Guidetti, he has shown real promise in certain sides, and in order to get the best from the pair, Abelardo needs to find a formula that works.

If he opts to play them as a strike duo, and they can click, Alaves could find themselves challenging for a Europa League spot.

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