It is hard to deny the importance Alvaro Negredo has played for Sevilla over the last four seasons, scoring 85 goals, and providing a constant threat to La Liga defences.
With his £21.7m move to Manchester City now complete, Sevilla are beginning to come to terms with life without one of Spain’s most prolific strikers.
However, all is not lost. Step forward, Carlos Bacca.
The 26-year-old Columbian striker, signed from Belgian side Club Brugge for £6.2m at the beginning of July.
After an exceptionally successful full debut season at Club Brugge, Bacca finished top goalscorer in the Jupiler Pro League with an impressive 22 goals in 25 appearances.
There is no arguing that La Liga is a significant step up from Belgium’s top division but Bacca has all the tools to be an instant success in Spain.
His off-the-ball movement is superb, and he has an unnerving ability to find space without defenders realising. He is a predatory striker with a natural goalscoring instinct and solid finishing.
Bacca could turn out to be one of the buys of the season.
With plenty of money left over from the sale of their two prize assets - Jesus Navas and Negredo - to Manchester City, Sevilla now need to turn their attention to replacing Navas on the right, and bringing in someone who is capable of supplying Bacca with the chances he needs.
The next problem for Sevilla will come a few years down the line when the big clubs start to try and prise Bacca away, like they did with Negredo.
This is always going to be a problem for clubs like Sevilla, unfortunately, who are usually on the edge of European qualification but not always quite making the cut.
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