Sevilla striker Luis Muriel has discussed fans expectations of him after failing to score in the Copa del Rey win over Villanovense.
Andre Silva’s arrival at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this summer and his remarkable scoring form has seen Muriel settle for a place on the bench more often than not this season.
The Colombian striker has featured in just five La Liga games, with four of those appearances coming from the bench.
A lack of minutes has ultimately cost him a lack of goals, netting just once in the league and concerns are now mounting from the club’s fans and at Muriel’s own camp.
Featuring in the Copa del Rey tie with Villanovense on Wednesday, Muriel failed to score again, relying heavily on the un-rested Silva to send the Andalusian side into the last-16.
“I am happy, yes. I hope that I get chance to play more though, match after match,” he told reporters. “I need to win the love of everyone and to be able to play an important part to the club.
“I know what everyone expects of me.”
Focus on Valencia and pushing Barcelona
Having been at the top of the table in recent weeks, Sevilla now prepare to face Valencia this coming weekend, where three points will be a must if Pablo Machin’s side want to continue their pursuit on the league title.
Machin was delighted with his side on Wednesday evening, despite the closeness in the tie against the lower league outfit.
“All matches are difficult and it is not the first time that a Segunda B side have nearly produced a scare against a La Liga side. It was clear it would not be easy.” the former Girona coach said after the game.
“It was a good game for us to realise that no opponent is easy.”