Óscar Arias, Sevilla FC Director of Football, was able to evaluate this summer's transfer window on the first Libre y Directo talkshow of the season. He started by putting a value on having watched Monchi, who he stated had "been at the heart of a generation for the club and is impossible to measure up to," though the key subject was the front line of Eduardo Berizzo's side.
"We always try and keep options alive but the necessities were covered"
He claimed there was never a true necessity to add one more to the front line "the necessities of the club finished with the incorporation of a left-back, because the squad was catered for and we didn't need anyone else. But Sevilla is used to moving well in the transfer market if interesting options present themselves. We always try and keep options alive but the necessities were covered."
He started to talk about the carrossel of names linked with Sevilla. First was Lucas Pérez: "Arsenal intended to sell him, but we ruled it out for cost. He had a very high salary. We held on to that possibility because it could have interested us, but he opted for Deportivo, it excited him and he went for it."
"Jovetic came with a very high cost, one too much for Sevilla FC"
Arias also explained the case of Jovetic: "It's true we considered this possibility at the start, even before the purchase of Muriel, but he came with a very high cost one that was unattainable for us. We would have liked that option, but only if if the price had been acceptable."
And, of course, he spoke about Muriel: "All the work and effort we made, scouting, reports... ended up with the ball hitting the post and rebounding away. That was very unfair. You have to value the players on account of the performances they give over time. I think we are objective, we have all seen the season Muriel had, he has a lot of potential and some tremendous qualities. He gives a lot of extras to the team that other strikers cannot provide."
"A player can score 15 goals and be undroppable or he could score 20 and not be as important"
He went on to deny the importance of having one "natural goalscorer": "No, we have two. To judge a player on his goals and not the job he does, the service he can provide, what he can deliver... seems wrong to me. A player can score 15 goals and be undroppable or he could score 20 and not be as important. I don't worry about that too much, but what the player has cost does put a halo around him. I'm sure both Muriel and Ben Yedder will score enough goals, but I'm also sure other players will contribute too. The offensive potential of the team is huge and the goals we score will be shared."