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Sadiq disappointment as Almeria fail in LaLiga promotion bid

Rubi’s facet fell in need of the highest flight after they have been unable to overturn a three-goal first leg deficit towards the White and Reds

Umar Sadiq will probably be left to replicate on his soccer future within the wake of Almeria’s failure to attain promotion to LaLiga following their play-off defeat to Girona on Saturday.

The previous Nigeria U23 star was arguably the main identify amongst an formidable squad seeking to make it again to the Spanish elite division following their demotion within the 2014–15 season.

Nonetheless, a 3-0 first-leg deficit towards Francisco Vilchez’s facet proved an excessive amount of to beat, settling for a 0-0 draw within the second leg on the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos.

Regardless of taking part in from begin to end, he couldn’t save the day for the Rojiblancos.

Having discovered the web on 20 events in 39 league video games, Sadiq completed behind Sporting Gijon’s Uros Djurdjevic (22 targets) and Espanyol’s Raul de Tomas (23 targets) within the race for the 2020-21 Golden Boot prize.

Earlier than the play-off, the previous AS Roma and Bologna star had voiced his want to win the Segunda Division Golden Boot, in addition to assist Almeria return to LaLiga.

“I’m happy, on a private degree, with the targets that I’ve scored up to now, however the necessary factor shouldn’t be that,” he instructed  the membership web site.

“All that issues is that we are able to win promotion to Primera Division, which is the prime goal.

“I do not have a look at what the opposite gamers who even have scored many targets are doing, though it’s clear that I’d like my workforce to get promoted and in addition be the highest scorer.

“We, strikers, are right here to attain targets and assist our groups, so along with scoring, I like giving assists and contributing as a lot as I can to the workforce.”

Sadiq joined Almeria from Serbian facet Partizan on a five-year contract on October 5, 2020.

With a long-term deal signed, questions round his future will indisputably come up, nonetheless, Rubi’s workforce will undoubtedly intention to go one higher subsequent time period.

Alternatively, Senegal’s Mamadou Sylla and Mali’s Ibrahima Kebe are again to the Spanish elite division with Girona.

The Catalonia primarily based outfit obtained demoted to the second tier after putting 18th in the course of the 2018-19 marketing campaign.

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