Alvaro Negredo has hit form..

Valencia's Alvaro Negredo showing class under Gary Neville

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Valencia's Alvaro Negredo has certainly benefitted from having Gary Neville installed as Los Che's new manager.

Frozen out by previous incumbent Nuno Santo, Negredo, a €30m purchase from Manchester City was in danger of becoming Valencia's forgotten man and a real financial millstone around the neck of the club.

Although he is at the back end of his career rather than the beginning, being 30-years-old has evidently not slowed his football brain, nor has it dimmed the physical aspects of his natural game.


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Negredo is an old-school warrior. A centre-forward who gives as good as he gets and isn't frightened to mix it up a little.

In short, something that Valencia have sorely missed since his benching by Santo.

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Taking nothing away from Paco Alcacer and others, Negredo provides something different and when the chips are down, as they have frequently been at the Mestalla this season, you need players willing to go into the trenches and put in a shift.

Negredo fits that particular mould perfectly.

In many respects Neville will have been impressed because the striker is an English-type centre-forward.

Perhaps not as technically adept as some, but no slouch in that respect either, Neville could see the winners mentality with Negredo.

Valencia CF v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League


And, like every player who's given the occasional arm around the shoulder confidence boost, Negredo has responded in kind.

Five goals in his last six games is a fine return and the standard of his performances have justified the manager's faith in him.

Performances that have also put the player in the shop window.

To sell or not to sell?

In any event, with Valencia still eight points off of a Europa League berth and a mammoth 16 from a Champions League spot, can Neville truly afford to let the marksman leave, even for a hefty fee?

Clearly something has to give if the ex-Manchester United man wants to try and get Valencia back to somewhere approaching the promised land but is he willing to take the risk of cashing in on a player that looks to be someone who can deliver the same?

It's a big call. Shop window or shop floor? Only Neville can make that call.

Valencia CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

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