After returning with the UCI team last season and saving the category with a spectacular final spurt, José Bordalás is at the helm of his Getafe in the 2023/24 season. The fifth commander of the “blue” team after this mythical promotion in the 2016/17 season. As with his debut in the First Division with “Geta” in 2017/18, Bordalás started the current season with four points in four games.
It’s a difficult start for the Madrid team, who faced Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two big favorites in the fight for the title. And it also, like now, occupied the 14th place.
Let’s take a look at some Getafe data on the transfer market to put ourselves in context. It is the third team that has made the fewest transfers (Athletic, Osasuna and UD Las Palmas have made no sales) and has suffered 15 defeats. This is the 13th highest valued squad in the entire LaLiga (125.2 million, much more than 14th, Mallorca with 101). Misleading as Unal (unavailable at least until 2024) is worth 25M, a fifth of the roster.
GREENWOOD AND A GREAT CHALLENGE FOR BORDALÁS
Compared to last year, there are six new players who do not represent a single euro in expenditure. The costs apply to two players who were already there last year: Alderete (4 million) and Gastón (3.5 million). The commitment with the greatest impact came shortly before the end. This is Englishman Mason Greenwood, on loan from Manchester United, who wants to revive his career and leave non-sporting things behind him.
Jose Bordalás faces a big challenge to get the British player to concentrate on the pitch and become a difference player. When looking at Bordalás’ background in the First Division, it is worth noting that he finished positions above tenth in three of the four seasons. A much appreciated feature for a city that, until not long ago, lay between Second and the then Second B.
Exciting and important season for Getafe and for Bordalás, who continue to make a name for themselves and continue to make their team one of the most competitive in its category.