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VUSA Podcast #31: Sid, Zach and Allen, part II

More on philosophy of player development, strategy in the transfer market, how we should measure success for Villarreal, etc.

Zenit v Villarreal - UEFA Europa League Round Of 16: First Leg
Morlanes and Miguelon against Zenit
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We’re all missing football, but at least we can talk about it. Sidarth and Zach join me to focus on a couple of topics following on from our last podcast:

(1) transfer policy— is making a transfer move for good financial reasons the way to go? (Yes, we are talking about Paco here). Has Villarreal really changed what it’s looking for in the market, or are we just focusing too much on a couple of high-profile misses like Semedo? How do we strike a balance between giving a coach the players he wants, versus having a consistent playing style regardless of who is in charge?

(2) player development—does it make sense to “buy over the top” of players like Miguelón and Quintillà? We have had some “hits” in our academy over the years—Pau Torres as the most recent—but do we develop squad players well?

(3) Who can we compare ourselves to in world football right now? And who should we be comparing ourselves to in Spain, and what sort of goals should we have for ourselves?

Enjoy this, we will get together next week and do a part III building on that last question especially—and whatever else comes up in the comment section below. Enjoy, stay safe, stay at home, and Endavant Villarreal.