Villarreal B midfielder Fran Alvarez has completed a move to Real Valladolid, where he will also be on the B team. He has appeared eleven times so far this season for Villarreal B, and plays as an attacking mid. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 21 year old moved through the youth ranks at Villarreal, playing for both the U19 and C teams before his current stop.
Valladolid’s intentions in the transfer are unknown, but the A team’s medium term prospects are not as ambitious as those here at Villarreal. Hopefully long term that will give him a better chance at becoming a La Liga player. Unfortunately, his career has stalled, as he has only appeared in just over half the submarine’s games this term.
Since 2010, thirty-five first team players have moved into the first team for some period of time or another from Villarreal B. Many of those players have gone on to be successful at the senior club for long periods of time, like Mario Gaspar. Others, Rodri and Mussachio have moved on for big money elsewhere. Sometimes those players leave only to find out that Villarreal was home all along, as is the case with Santi Cazorla and Gerard Moreno. The point is we tend to see these B teamer transfers as barely worth noticing, but the players they involve are the backbone of this club’s player pool. We truly wish Fran success, and hopefully one day he finds his stride, maybe he’ll even make it home and become a part of our midfield. His success is success for our club, its training principles, and its reputation as an elite producer of talent