A fortnight ago, I wrote a piece on the awful form Florian Lejeune and Yoshinori Muto’s new clubs had been in, with La Liga loan sides Alaves and Eibar on the brink of a relegation fight.
Two weeks later, it’s fair to say things have gone from bad to worse for the Newcastle United duo as BOTH clubs have now dropped into the bottom three.
Muto came out on the wrong side of a relegation six pointer with Cadiz on Saturday night to leave Eibar 18th on 22 points, however it was Lejeune’s side who made the headlines on Monday.
His Alaves team had taken a 0-2 lead away to 6th place Real Betis via a little help from ex-Mag Joselu, only for an incredible late collapse see them lose the game 3-2 – a result that leaves them 2nd bottom of the Spanish top flight.
Lejeune has gained regular game time and is believed to have been one of their standout players this season, but the form of his and Muto’s new clubs has been alarmingly bad since the turn of the year.
Quite incredibly, they’ve picked up just THREE wins between them in their last 30 league games combined – one win in 15 for Muto’s Eibar and two wins in 15 for Lejeune’s Alaves.
The decision makers at Newcastle United may be hoping to move both on this summer – especially Muto – but relegation would almost certainly end any chance of their loan deals becoming permanent.