Rony Lopes was reported to be a winter target of Newcastle last month. Even though the Portuguese winger just signed for Sevilla this summer, his lack of appearances for the La Liga club led to speculation that he could be available in January.
Lopes has played just 11 minutes in the league for his new club. He also only had a 32-minute cameo in Sevilla’s first Europa League match. The issue for Lopes has been that another new signing, Lucas Ocampos, has been in scintillating form for Sevilla. He has kept the 23-year-old Lopes out of the side.
Last night, Lopes’s fortunes may have changed as he earned his first start for Sevilla in their 1-0 Europa League win against APOEL. Lopes played 72 minutes and played well. He was also interviewed after the win.
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) October 4, 2019
This is what Lopes had to say about the victory:
“We are very happy with the victory. Nowadays every team is good, and each game is difficult. Just because they come from Cyprus doesn’t mean that it is going to be an easy game. We were missing that second or third goal, but we played well and deserved the win.
“In the first half we played some nice stuff, and we got the goal. The fans are a real help for us, but in the second half our performance levels dropped. That being said, the most important thing was that we got the win”.
Here’s some fancy footwork from the right-winger.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) October 3, 2019
We have serious doubts about Newcastle’s chances of landing Rony Lopes in January. He was Sevilla’s marquee summer signing and is just taking a little time to find his feet at his new club.
Serbian defensive midfielder Nemanja Gudelj also started in the Europa League match. Gudelj joined Sevilla this summer but has also found his opportunities limited. He was linked with a move to Newcastle this summer as well.