The unknowns settle on Fekir before going to the Wanda

The Frenchman is far from the performance expected by Betis. Pellegrini shuffles alternatives after giving him the title in the six games of this League.


Nabil Fekir struggles with himself to live up to all the expectations he has created at Betis since his arrival two summers ago. His first campaign left some unknowns about his performance and the beginning of this year multiplies them. He scored a goal, from a penalty, and gave an assist in the first six days of the league championship while waiting for his game to take a qualitative leap to lead Manuel Pellegrini's team on the pitch. The Chilean coach expects more from the French, who is still not decisive in Heliópolis despite being the great green-and-white star in terms of cost and salary effort. The club is aware of the reality: the hope in Fekir is still present so that it is the absolute reference of the Betic attack at all levels.

But time is money for Pellegrini. The coach has already demonstrated his confidence in the player by giving him a starting ticket in all duels, but also reflected that he does not hesitate to use variants when the performance of a piece is minimized. Fekir's discreet performance against Real Sociedad opens the doors to a possible replacement against Atlético de Madrid in next Saturday's appointment. It already happened with William Carvalho in Mestalla and Fekir has as competition pieces like Lainez and Tello, while the technician can modify the placement of Channels to gain more strength in the double pivot with Guarded or Carvalho himself.

Betis did not receive large offers for Fekir this summer despite being the great reference of the team at the market value level. The player also showed no interest in leaving the Verdiblanco club, in which he is comfortable waiting to find more regularity and also aspire to earn a place in the French team. To convince Didier Deschamps you must first convince Manuel Pellegrini. And the Chilean, for the moment, asks much more of him.

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