Last season’s winners of the second division, Recreativo de Huelva, are everybody’s favorite tip for relegation this season. Unfortunately, La Liga Review isn't about to predict a miracle for Spanish football's oldest club.
In fact, reading around the Spanish press it would seem that nobody is predicting Recreativo to survive more than one season in the top flight. During their last brief spell in the Primera, Recre, as they are known went for the pragmatic option of refusing to break the bank and tried to survive with what they already had at their disposal.
It had seemed that the coach, Marcelino, was content with the same course of action this time around, only making a handful of low key reinforcements. The Villarreal youngsters Santi Cazorla and Cesar Arzo representing the most exciting new additions.
However, something happened on transfer deadline day and old Recre went crazy by their standards, signing four players at the very last minute making them the busiest Spanish club on a relatively quiet final day.
First, Amo arrived on a season-long loan from Deportivo La Coruna. The centre back, 28, spent last season on loan at Valladolid but was frustrated by a series of injuries
He was quickly followed by Celta Vigo striker Guerrero, again on a season-long loan. The 29 year old will bring plenty of top-flight experience having played for Real Madrid, Albacete, Atletico Madrid, Racing Santander as well as Celta and has a proven scoring record.
They were joined by Beto, a Portugal international centre back with 33 caps to his name, signed from Bordeaux and Juanma, a midfielder from Levante.
La Liga Review isn’t going to buck the trend and predict Recre to stay up. However, those last minute additions should make them a little more competitive down the bottom of La Liga and it won't all be doom and gloom. After all, they already have their first point, picked up in their first match against Mallorca and it could be entertaining if last seasons top scorer Ikechukwu Uche repeats that feat and gives the commentators a few problems.