Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to newly promoted Granada has heightened concern that all is not well at Villarreal. In what has been a frustrating season so far, it was typical that Ikechukwe Uche, a loan signing from El Madrigal, headed Granada’s goal. The reverse was the Yellow Submarines’ fourth in just six games and represents a surprising downturn for last season’s fourth-placed finishers.
Many of the difficulties faced by Villarreal can be attributed to the loss of Santi Cazorla to Malaga. For four seasons the playmaker was the heart of Villarreal’s attacking thrust. In his place have arrived Javier Camu