What is Munir El Haddadi’s reward for loyalty? A season spent wasting away on the sidelines, it seems.
As Sevilla hosted Red Bull Salzburg in a Champions League clash featuring four penalties, one red card and only two goals, the former Barcelona youngster could do little but watch on as his side dropped two valuable points in front of frustrated fans.
It has been the story of El Haddadi’s season.
Four games in, the diminutive 25-year-old has yet to kick a ball in anger with a grand total of zero first-team minutes under his belt.
Furthermore, he was left out of the match-day squad entirely for the La Liga meetings with Getafe and Elche.
So while Munir obviously felt staying in Seville was the best option – an ambitious, well-constructed and talent-filled side look like genuine title challengers this term with Real Madrid and Barcelona in transition – it’s not much fun seeing your teammates aim for glory as you’re sat in the stands.
Will Munir regret turning down West Ham and Crystal Palace?
“Monchi (Sevilla’s sporting director) valued him at €10 million at the beginning of the market. But, in the last few days (of the window), he would have considered loaning him out with an option to buy,” Munir’s agent told ABD de Sevilla last week.
“He has had many offers and interest from many teams. In Holland, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord have been interested in him until the last minute. Ajax were also considering him. That was a good option, but perhaps his long period of inactivity took its toll.
“In England, Crystal Palace and West Ham showed a lot of interest until the last day of the market. Munir didn’t want to leave Sevilla or La Liga (but) in Spain the offers he has received have not been to his liking.”
We’d imagine spending the 2021/22 season sat on the bench or sat at home won’t be to Munir’s “liking” either.