An awful start to the 2017/2018 season saw Alaves struggle throughout, however, they did slowly improve under former Barcelona defender Abelardo, winning five of their last eight games in the league.
Finishing 14th place in the La Liga standings, El Glorioso will now look to improve on that and bring some better performances to their faithful Mendizorrotza supporters.
21 defeats in 38 league games is a real worry, although most of those losses did come in the opening stages of the season, but their failure to score goals and concede more than they did – will need to be improved.
First and foremost….. the defence
The exit of Alexis will see Abelardo’s side lose his experience, but in truth, his ageing years did cost them a few goals last season and it will now be up to the likes of Víctor Laguardia and full-backs Ruben Duarte and Martín Aguirregabiria – to put in good performances.
The latter two have been simply brilliant in recent seasons and along with Vanguardia and Rodrigo Ely, would be the preferred back four at present.
Abelardo, however, may opt to bring in an extra and more experienced option – if only, to steady things up.
A striker is needed, despite Guidetti signing..
John Guidetti’s permanent move from Celta Vigo has made the Alaves fans happy, but it is questionable just how many goals he can score next season.
The Swedish international, who was helpless as his country were eliminated by England at the World Cup this month – has scored just four goals in his last two La Liga seasons.
Jony has arrived from Malaga, but to a certain extent – he will act as more of a creator, having scored five goals in 21 games for Sporting Gijon last term in the second division.
Whilst the loan deal for Bojan Krkic may not have hit the headlines – Munir El Haddadi’s spell from Barcleona, did.
The Moroccan born Spanish international made quite the impact last season and whilst Alaves have not made a play to agree another loan move for the striker, it may be worth them trying once more.
If not Munir then maybe Abelardo could use his connections to look at a number of other up and coming youngsters in similar deals.
The key however, will be to get any deals done quick and avoid a similar start to last season.