Relegation writing looks to be on the wall for Huesca


With La Liga set to resume for 2019, over the weekend of January 5th-6th, bottom of the table Huesca could realistically already be relegated.

The side from Aragon, who were promoted to La Liga from the Segunda for the first time in their history, have won just one game all season.

That sole victory, away to Eibar, on the opening day of the season seems an age ago to Huesca fans, who are preparing themselves for a tough 2019.

Results were initially mildly positive, with five points in their first seven games as a top flight club, however things steadily declined from there on.

They have been bottom of the La Liga table since Game Week Six, with morale dropping with each passing week.

Eager to turn things around, the club sacked manager Leo Franco in early October, despite the Argentine only being in the job for five months, after replacing out of contract Rubi in pre season.

Incoming manager Francisco Rodriguez knew the size of the task facing him, however results have shown little sign of improvement since his appointment, with just three points gained from nine league games and an 8-0 aggregate defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.

Funds are likely to be tight in January, with the board already reportedly preparing for a return to the Segunda, and they are unwilling to overextend in the transfer market given their dire situation.

Whilst other more established La Liga sides, including Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, are in danger of sliding into a relegation battle in the second half of the season, it appears to be too late for a Huesca revival.

They are five points adrift of second bottom Rayo Vallecano, with just eight points gained in 2018-19.

In January they face Real Betis, Leganes, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad, and it is feasible to say they may pick up zero points from that run. Indeed they are in danger of breaking Sporting Gijon’s record La Liga points low of 13 from the 1997-98 season.

If the inevitable does happen, attention will turn to which players other clubs may have their eye on in either January or at the end of the season.

Alex Gallar impressed in patches at the start of the season, and Samuele Longo, on loan from Inter Milan, has also shown flashes of his capability during a difficult season.

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