Under-pressure Valencia boss Marcelino has taken the decision to drop Michy Batshuayi from his squad to face Getafe on Saturday.
Batshuayi has scored just twice for the Spanish club since arriving on loan from Chelsea in the summer.
It comes during a barren spell for Valencia in front of goal, with Marcelino’s side rock bottom of the La Liga scoring charts.
Los Che have won just once in the league all season but hold out hope for returning striker Santi Mina to get them firing again.Embed from Getty Images
While many Valencia fans would’ve seen this coming, Marcelino has cited Batshuayi’s need for a rest along with his need to improve.
“Michy, al igual que el resto, tiene que tener la perspectiva de rendir mejor,” Marcelino said.
“Michy, as well as rest, has to have the perspective to perform better.”
Valencia come into this meeting with Getafe on the back of a much-needed 3-1 win over Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek. Santi Mina, who has only just returned to action following a knee injury, bagged a brace against the Swiss club and is in line to make just his 4th league start of the season.Embed from Getty Images
However, Mina may not be the answer to all Marcelino’s problems. The 22-year-old also started in last weekend’s damaging 1-0 defeat at home to Girona. Valencia have drawn more games this season than they’ve scored goals in the league. They currently sit in 15th and haven’t won since mid-September.
Marcelino also spoke about their opponents Getafe, who are occupying a place in the top half of the table after an impressive start to the campaign.Embed from Getty Images
“Tenemos que adaptarnos a él. Es un equipo intenso y difícil de batir. Es un partido muy igualado. Recibe muy pocos goles en casa”.
“We have to adapt to them. They are an intense team and difficult to beat. It’s a very even game. They concede very few goals at home.”
Getafe, situated just south of Madrid, have conceded just three times in five home games this season but have also struggled for goals themselves.
They host Valencia at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez having not lost in four games in all competitions and three points would send them ahead of Real Madrid and into the European places for 24 hours at least.