'We overhauled the squad because we want results in the short term'

Moreno (r) attends first-team training.
Moreno (r) attends first-team training. / J. Rodríguez
  • Marbella FC director of football Víctor Moreno has freshened up the squad in a bid to seal promotion this year

Marbella's summer (now autumn) transfer window has been a busy one, focused primarily on rebuilding the squad with one objective in mind: promotion to Segunda. The squad has been completely overhauled with thirteen new additions: ten permanently, three loans, in three distinct groups.

On the one hand, there are the footballers with a proven track record at a higher level: former Cadiz midfielder Edu Ramos; winger Nacho, formerly of Numancia; and ex-Oviedo goalkeeper Alfonso Herrero. Then there's another group: players who know Segunda but aren't yet established at that level. Those include Blanco (Villarreal B), Cordero (Sporting de Gijón), Quezada (Recreativo de Huelva) and Alfred Planas (Mestalla). The third group is made up of young, hungry talent, desperate for competitive minutes. These include Uruguayan full-back Busquets (Peñarol), Panama international Gudiño, Bolivian forward Ferddy Roca, French midfielder Cissé (from the French third division), striker Rafa Tresaco (95 minutes in Segunda with Racing) and Fran Ortuño (Jaén).

Overall, the average age of the squad has fallen from 27.2 to 25.5, having cancelled the contracts of experienced players such as Wilfred (Gimnàstic), Saúl (Extremadura), Lolo Pavón (Orihuela) and without offering new deals to stand-out performers like Elías and Dani Pérez (Extremadura).

With the pandemic resulting in a much shorter season, sporting director Víctor Moreno insisted that the squad required an overhaul "because we wanted to change the energy we have in the way we play in order to get immediate results in the short term".

The new season will begin for Marbella this Sunday 18 with a difficult trip to face Algeciras.