The LTL Number Crunch: The Calleja Conudrum

Villarreal are not where they expected to be at the start of the season, after spending over £60m during the summer transfer window on the likes of Gerard Moreno, Toko Ekambi, Carlos Bacca and Ramiro Funes Mori to name but a few, hopes were high that former player Javi Calleja would lead his side to European qualification at the very least. 15 games in and the former midfielder was sacked as The Yellow Submarine sunk into the La Liga relegation zone.

Luis Garcia Plaza was brought in to arrest that slide, however only six games into his winless tenure he too was dismissed with the aforementioned Calleja returning. The question remains for the Villarreal board now though is this a case of twice bitten, once shy? Do Calleja’s numbers warrant a second try?

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Note: This data was first compiled at the end of Gameweek 21. In the two games since Calleja’s reappointment Villarreal’s record is played two, drawn two against Espanyol and Real Valladolid respectively.

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