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Villarreal’s Centre Backs: How will Villarreal Set Up Next Season?

Will Albiol and Pau Torres be Villarreal’s starting Centre Backs next season?

Villarreal CF v Sevilla FC - La Liga Santander Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

As both Pau Torres and Raul Albiol (Technically) join the Spanish squad for the Euros we take a look at our Centre Back situation. Never thought I’d say this but defence wise our Cb situation is the most secure out of all positions. That being said reinforcements will be needed as Albiol ages. It currently feels more than likely that Pau will stay now we have secured Champions League football.

Pau Torres

Pau has been incredible as a player since he returned from his loan. There is no greater servant to Villarreal than Pau. Born in Villarreal and has all the credentials to be one of Villarreal greatest Centre Backs. He is extremely loyal to the club and providing we put the money in, I could see him staying for a while. He seems to me, not to be driven by money at this point. His fame may go to his head one day but I think people misjudge how loyal he is to Villarreal. I have never seen a centre back so calm under pressure. Despite the odd lapse of concentration early on in the campaign, he has not put a foot wrong. The way he moves the ball and his passing ability has improved immensely under Emery and the manager can certainly take credit for that.

44 app, 3 gls, 2 assits, 3 Yellows, 3975 minutes

Raul Albiol

Farther figure to Pau Torres’ and his partner in crime Raul Albiol. When Albiol joined a lot of fans were concerned about his age. He has proved all critics wrong and has been instrumental this season. Arguably one of Villarreal best signings over the last few years. Although he has noticeably slowed down this year he is extremely effective in the air and knows how to put in a tackle. His experience and expertise have clearly helped Pau Torress develop. The two have formed yet again one of the strongest CBs pairings in La Liga. My only criticism was incidents play-acting and holding his face after the slightest touch. I don’t like any player and is extremely unsportsmanlike. Just as I write this he has been called up to train with the Euros squad for Spain. He likely won’t participate in the tournament but training with them at the ripe old age of 35 is certainly something

47 apps 2 gls, 9 yellows, 4259

Funes Mori

Never quite blossomed as CB for Villarreal although hasn’t done anything notably bad this season for Villarreal. Made a few strong appearances and at RB but was never going to challenge Albiol or Pau for a starting spot. I have always felt that with a bit more game time, we may be able to make something out of Funes Mori. That being said getting there would have lead to many risks and possible heart attacks for Villarreal fans so I can’t say it would be worth the risk. May possibly be considered for Rb next season

20 apps, 1491

Conclusion and transfers

With the arrival Aissa Mandi I think this spells the end for Funes Mori at the end of the club. Cuenca is in the u21 first-team squad and will most likely join our first-team squad next season. He is certainly a future star providing Barca don’t snap him up again. I hope we send Cuena out on loan again keep Funes Mori as 4th CB and Albiol and Mandi will rotate. People will say that Mandi will start but I can’t see Albiol being pushed over that easily. Cbs next season Torres, Albiol, Mandi, Cuenca.