Real Betis First Team: Who Are the Key Players to Watch?

Real Betis have made some big changes this season after ending their last campaign with a string of poor results. The old manager Quique Setein has moved on to pastures new, and new manager Rubi has taken the reins. Rubi left Espanyol and European football in order to help Betis rebuild themselves, and they have made some shrewd moves in the transfer market to help him get the job done.

Many players have left the club, either sold or on loan, most notably the stalwart goalkeeper Pau Lopez, who moved to AS Roma in a big money deal worth €23.5 million. This deal, along with the transfer of Junior Firpo to Spanish super club Barcelona for €18 million, has given the club a big pot to play with in this summer’s transfer market.

They have already made three important signings to help Rubi reach the top, and here we are going to look at what they can bring to Betis this season and how they can make a difference.

Nabil Fekir – The New, Big Money Signing

The biggest Betis signing by far is Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

This player has been coveted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the past, but finds himself at Real Betis with a point to prove this season after a transfer to one of the big European clubs didn’t materialise for him.

The attacking midfielder will want to make an impact right away at Betis, and will play a big role in the club’s reach for European qualification. Betis also made another big signing, a three-year sponsorship deal with easyMarkets, an online Forex trader. This means the easyMarkets logo will be featured on the kit for the next three seasons. This deal has helped give Betis some extra clout in the market this season, and can surely help advise the team on how to make some savvy trades.

Dani Martin – The Young Keeper with Big Gloves to Fill

Dani Martin is a young goalkeeper that has been signed for €5 million from Sporting Gijon.

Dani has some big gloves and boots to fill after the departure of fan favourite goalkeeper Pau Lopez. The young keeper is well-known for his level head and a maturity on the pitch that should help keep his feet on the ground as he steps between the sticks at Betis.

This young player is definitely one to watch – many in Spanish football feel this was the right move at the right time for the player and should see him set up to a higher level of play for Real Betis.

Alex Moreno – A Young Left-Back with European Dreams

A good left-back can be a hard thing to find, but Real Betis have managed to find a top player here.

The scouts of Spanish football have known about Moreno for a long time, and the scouts at Betis have surely been watching him for a long time. This signing is seen as something of a coup in the local press, as many big clubs were circling the defender but didn’t make the right bid. Many in Spanish football think that Betis can offer him a regular first team place, whereas he may have been stuck on the bench at a bigger European club.

These three players are sure to make the season one to remember for Real Betis.

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