Fernandez outlines Angel delights
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Betis, who have loaned midfielder Joey Gudjonsson to The Villans for the rest of the season, made enquiries about taking Angel on loan, but were flatly rebuffed by the Midlands outfit.
Villa insist Angel will not be allowed to leave the club unless they can recoup a large slice of the £9.5 million fee they paid River Plate for the striker.
However, Betis' need for added firepower has taken on new proportions after it was revealed front man Alfonso will have to undergo an Achilles operation which looks likely to keep him out for at least six to eight weeks.
That has lead Fernandez to admit he is looking to bring in a striker before the close of the transfer window, although the former Celta Vigo boss urged cautioun given the current transfer climate.
"It's clear that things have now changed, because it (Alfonso's operation) is a serious setback which has forced us to look at the situation again," stated Fernandez.
"Our plans have changed, but not the situation of the market which is still the sameÇª it's an expensive and risky market.
"We will step up our search (for a striker), but I will not push the president to commit economic and sporting suicide."
Fernandez then went on to admit his admiration for Colombian international Angel.
"He (Angel) is a very good playerÇª (but) you must handle things with discretion," he said.
"He plays well with his back to goal, is a great header of a ball, he leads the line well and has a good physical presence."
However, the Betis coach insisted he was happy with his squad, and would not be forced into signing reinforcements, despite seeing another member of it in the shape of Gudjonsson depart.
"The Betis squad is very big and, though Gudjonsson has gone, it will not precipitate action even though there are only nine days left to make signings."