Mallorca’s Transfer Policy: What Went Wrong? 🇬🇧

Mallorca's Transfer Policy: What Went Wrong? The Summer had been a busy one for Maheta Molango and his team with 14 new faces arriving plus the permanent acquisition of Martin Valjent and Ante Budimir. 7 games in and Mallorca find themselves second from bottom of La Liga. In truth, that is no major surprise to most Mallorca fans in what was always going to be a season of striving for 17th spot. What will be more of a surprise is that of those 14, only 4 have an extended spell on the field. Mallorca’s Transfer Policy: What Went Wrong?

Late Arrival with a Low Budget

Mallorca’s late arrival in LaLiga after their play off final victory left them with just a 7 week gap between that glorious night at Son Moix and their La Liga return against SD Eibar. Inevitably when the signings did come, they came late. The likes of Yannis Salibur, Take Kubo, Fabri and Baba Rahman arriving after the season had begun and without a pre-season at Son Biblioni. The tight time frame and the lowest budget in La Liga means the Molango and his recruitment team had their hands tied. As a result their recruitment policy was to scour European divisions looking for available players within budget, with the potential to succeed. Mallorca spent the Summer searching for diamonds in the rough.

In Spain, the coach does not have control over recruitment which is left to the sporting director. Nothing unusual there, but it can lead to conflict, as we have seen in the case of Valencia this Summer, resulting in the sacking of Marcelino. Moreno and his coaching staff made no secret of the fact that they were unhappy with the recruitment, asking for more Spanish speaking players with La Liga experience. As a result, it is no surprise that we have seen very few of the 14 recruits make any sort of impact on the starting 11.

Big Churn for no Return?

In the Summer the club brought in 14 players but also saw 19 depart in a combination of free transfers and loans. Two players (Zlatanovic and Ruiz de Galarreta) were bought and immediately loaned out. Outside of the starting 11, there has been a huge churn of players at the club, no doubt at great expense in agent fees, signing fees and the payment of La Liga standard wages for the new recruits.

What the club has been left with though is a starting 11 almost untouched by the new recruits. At left back first Lumor, then Baba Rahman, a forced change after the departure of Pervis Estupiñan. Even that change hasn’t remained after Baba’s injury and Lumor’s poor display against Atletico Madrid. Alexi Febas and Take Kubo have taken a starting place in midfield.

Mallorca fans will be asking themselves, is Yannis Salibur any better than Enzo Lombardo, out on loan at Racing Santander, where he has 2 assists in 8 games already? Stoichkov, who just couldn’t take his chances last year, has 4 goals and 2 assists in 6 games for Alcoron. Are Pablo Chavarria and Alex Alegria really any better?

Future Proofing the Squad

The acquisitions have indicated a more long term view rather than just this season. It appears that the intention is to build a younger squad for if and when the relegation comes. Salva Sevilla, Dani Rodriguez, Xisco Campos, Manolo Reina, Marc Pedraza and Aridai Cabrera are all the wrong side of 30. The likes of Baba and Febas in midfield, Valjent and Sastre in defence will be the future of this club. Losing the aforementioned 6 at the same time would be devastating for any squad and perhaps the recruitment has a more long term view than just this season. That is the only silver lining that can be taken from the recruitment. Surely the money would have been better spent on 4 or 5 players of a higher quality than 14 of a lower.

January: Too Little too late?

What we can say for sure is that on current showing, the recruitment has left Mallorca well short of La Liga standard. Their effort and commitment is never in question, but their quality and ability to control games better is in serious doubt, never more so than when away from Son Moix. There is still time for a recruitment drive in the January window, budget allowing. However, there is much hard work to be done between now and then to ensure that the club is still within reach of survival and it isn’t too little too late..

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