Real Betis have had mixed success over the past few seasons. After a great start to his tenure at Betis, previous manager Quique Setein had a poor end to the 2018/19 season and has made way for a new manager, Rubi.
The challenge this season is to restore Real Betis to the higher end of the table, and compete for a place in European competition- the Europa League in particular- next year. Rubi has been given the budget to build a team capable of competing in La Liga, helped by the profitable transfers of Pau Lopez to Roma for €23.5million and Junior Firpo to Barcelona for €18million.
Real Betis have been active in the transfer market all summer and have managed to make some big signings to help the new manager climb up the league. Here we are going to look at three of Betis’ most important signings that are ones to watch for fans this season.
Dani Martin from Sporting Gijon
Daniel Martin Fernandez is the replacement for goalkeeper Pau Lopez that Real Betis have signed for €5million from Sporting Gijon.
Dani has big boots to fill, with Lopez being a firm fan favourite during his time at Betis and a safe pair of hands to have between the sticks. Dani has the potential to be a big player, however, with a great record of shot stopping with Gijon, and is known for having a level of composure and maturity on the field that is beyond his years at just 21 years old.
Nabil Fekir from Lyon
The biggest signing for Real Betis this season is without doubt Nabil Fekir for €19.75million from French club Lyon.
Nabil has a great record as an attacking player, and Betis have surely bought some goals here. He also has a point to prove, as larger European clubs that showed an interest in him last year failed to make a bid for him this year. Betis have also signed online trading firm easyMarkets on a three-year sponsorship contract. easyMarkets offer trading on the Forex market, and know a thing or two about making a profit from clever trading. Perhaps they helped Betis see the value and potential of signing this player.
Alex Moreno from Real Vallecano
Alex Moreno is seen as one of European football’s best young left-backs, and Real Betis made a great signing when they got this player to put the pen to his papers.
Moreno is also a versatile player, also being able to play further up the field as an attacking left-winger, but Betis will surely play him in a defensive role where he is best suited. Known for being reliable and quick thinking, Moreno will likely become a fan favourite quickly with his displays of skill and fast footwork as well as his well-timed tackles.
After a poor finish to last season, Betis have all the ingredients they need to bounce back and challenge for a place in Europe again. The new manager, Rubi, has all the tools at his disposal he needs to put Real Betis back at the top end of the table.