Moyes’ Sociedad stars Vela and Finnbogason back on target
New Real Sociedad boss David Moyes will have received a timely boost after his appointment was announced, if he settled down to watch his new charges in action over the international break. As Carlos Vela sruck twice for Mexico and Alfred Finnbogason clinched a consolation goal for Iceland.
Moyes’ boys in Blue and White will travel to Deportivo for his debut, where they are 5/4 favourites with Coral to welcome their coach with a win.
Struggling Sociedad saw an instant reaction last time out, after parting from former manager Jagoba Arrasate.
The Royals were revived after ending an eight-game streak without a win by downing champions Atletico Madrid 2-1, and their promising players have continued to impress for their nations.
Before opening the scoring against Diego Simeone’s side, Vela had suffered a goal drought of eight games. The 25-year-old Mexico wingman had appeared to stumble without Antoine Griezmann’s assistance, as the pair of flying forwards had dovetailed perfectly before the Frenchman joined Atleti’s attack this summer.
After netting 16 La Liga goals and providing 13 assists for the San Sebastian side last season, ex-Arsenal man Vela’s performances have dipped significantly this term, with a return of just two across all competitions.
In a lift for former Manchester United manager Moyes, however, the exciting attacker appears to have found his scoring boots just in time for his new boss’ bow.
Recalled from international exile by Miguel Herrera, Vela enjoyed his first El Tri appearance for three years against the Netherlands and made an instant impact.
In a game that featured a series of fantastic goals, Vela’s first, a sublime left-footed strike from outside the box, competed to be the pick of the bunch. His second also beat keeper Tim Krul easily, helping Mexico exact revenge on their World Cup eliminators.
Meanwhile, Moyes would also have been buoyed by summer signing Finnbogason, who has endured significant teething problems since his summer arrival at Sociedad.
The Iceland attacker’s eight appearances in all competitions are yet to yield a goal, and Spanish striker Imanol Agirretxe has often been preferred up front.
Whilst Iceland toiled against Belgium to no avail, Finnbogason was the only player able to dent the Red Devils’ rearguard, with promising signs that he may now be able to resurrect his stalled Sociedad career.
The Iceland star certainly appears keen to play under former Everton coach Moyes, stating: “It was in the media a long time when the negotiations were going and I think we are happy that a big name is arriving and we can’t wait to work with him and see his methods.”
Up next for the former Heerenveen forward, who spent time studying under Marco van Basten’s wing, is the Czech Republic, who Finnbogason will be looking to fine tune his form (he is 10/3 to net anytime).
With both potentially brilliant forwards set to return to La Liga having filled their boots, the task is now for Moyes to utilise the duo at his disposal correctly.
On this evidence, the Scot’s new Sociedad side certainly have plenty of attacking ability ready to trouble numerous rearguards in Spain.