Seven years. That’s how long a contract Pervis Estupinan has at Villarreal. That’s an incredibly long contract for any player, and shows just how much confidence the club has not only in his ability but also his potential. At 15m, he is the most expensive player signed since Unai Emery took charge, and after adding many veteran players this summer the addition of the 22 year old shows thought for the future.
With a contract extension for Alfonso Pedraza reportedly in the works and Alberto Moreno under contract until 2024, the odd man out here is battling Jaume Costa. Costa has given a lot to this club, but given the facts at hand I just don’t see how he feasibly continues at this point. If that deal happens within the next week, it’s possible that we still add a central defender before the window shuts.
Villarreal’s official announcement describe Estupinan as “a left-back who has a great capacity for joining attack and is a great striker of the ball. Both qualities make him an excellent assist provider thanks to his precision putting balls in from the left flank.” I think this is reasonably accurate. After an opening day match that saw basically no offense on the left hand side, with Moi Gomez and Pedraza scarcely interacting at all in buildup, this signing should give us far more balance going forward.
Regardless of whether we add another defender before the window goes out, I am thrilled by the ambition the club has shown since bringing Emery aboard. They have been assertive in not only repairing the losses of Santi and Zambo from last year but also in adding features to the squad that make us deeper and more talented. It’s a good time to be living in the Yellow Submarine.