It’s Valencia or West Ham for Maxi Gomez but surely the answer is simple


Maxi Gomez who has had a solid 2 years at Celta Vigo scoring goals is wanted by two clubs in Europe, Valencia and West Ham. But which club will succeed in getting his services?

A few years ago this wouldn’t even be open for debate, Valencia would be the smart choice. A massive club who at one point in the last decade could challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid’s dominance and had a very good team. Gomez could have joined and become a better player. But in 2019, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The best pull for Gomez to join Valencia is that the club will be playing Champions League football next season, and that is massive for any player who has never tasted playing at the highest level for club football. It’s a big ask for Gomez to turn that down when West Ham aren’t playing any European football next season.

Financially a move to West Ham would be better for Gomez too and the Hammers will be able to offer him much better wages. So where should the 22 year old go? The answer for some is an easy one and that is to play for West Ham in the Premier League.

The reason is due to two things. Firstly West Ham are clearly pointing in the right direction and having Manuel Pellegrini as boss is a great thing for the London side who have under achieved too much in recent years. The club have some genuine attacking quality and it is thought that they will be attack minded next season with the likes of Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko.

However does Gomez want to improve as a player and person? If so if you move to a foreign country and sample that experience and different culture. If he stays in La Liga he will be doing what most English players do and stay in their comfort zone. There isn’t much wrong with that but you usually become a much better player with a move to a different club and you learn more about the game. The move would be a massive plus for Gomez who could prove his qualities in a different league.

Who is the bigger club is the other question. True it is Valencia but they are not as big as they once were, and what happens if they exit the Champions League in the group stages and then struggle for top 10 status in the league it can happen and the club do have financial difficulties.

Going to West Ham would be a challenge for Gomez and it won’t be easy, but spreading his wings and giving the club a chance to see his qualities just seems like the right option to take. It will be interesting to see who Gomez picks over the coming days/weeks.

Aspas to return for Celta Vigo’s relegation battle


Celta Vigo have received a huge boost in their push to avoid relegation from La Liga, with the news that star striker Iago Aspas is back in full training following a calf injury.

Aspas has missed a notable period of the 2018-19 season through the injury, with nine league games passing for Celta Vigo, without their captain, in 2019.

However he could now be back in time to help Fran Escriba’s side battle against relegation to the Segunda Division for the first time since 2012.

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Aspas injury blow adds to Celta Vigo relegation woes


Struggling Celta Vigo have been dealt a hammer blow to their La Liga survival hopes, as talismanic striker Iago Aspas has been ruled out for a further six weeks.

The Galician side have slipped right down into relegation trouble in 2019, with seven league defeats since the turn of the year, making them the most out of form team in the Spanish top flight.

They are only just keeping themselves out of the bottom three, with just a single point between them and 18th place Rayo Vallecano, as the season approaches a crunch period.

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Celta’s unbeaten start continues with Atletico win


Celta Vigo moved into third place in the La Liga table, with a shock 2-0 home win over Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

The Galicians have adapted brilliantly to life under their new manager Antonio Mohamed, and head into the international break unbeaten in their first three games of 2018-19.

Despite losing a number of key players over the summer period, Mohamed has opted for a youth first policy in his recruitment to fill gaps, and so far it is bearing fruit.

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La Liga Team of the Week


A mixed bag this weekend in La Liga, as Real Madrid’s emphatic 5-2 home victory over Sociedad was balanced out by two goalless draws and a further three fixtures that only saw one goal. Here are the top point scorers from the 23rd round of action!

Marc ter Stegen, Barcelona – seven points

The Barcelona attack may have come up short for the first time this season but the back line proved as resilient as ever.

ter Stegen bagged his 14th clean sheet of the season in the side’s 0-0 draw with Getafe, a figure only bettered by Atletico’s Jan Oblak. Continue reading