Diego Lainez has not been a starter yet this season with Betis but fate and statistics are very expensive for him to start next Monday in San Mamés. The casualties of Canales and Fekir They leave two places free in the midfield and, in addition, the Mexican winger seems to have a kind of ‘fondness’ for Athletic. Very curious: three of the only five league games Lainez has played since the start as a Verdiblanco were against the Lions.
They are actually just five of the 66 regularity championship duels that have been played since Lainez is in Heliópolis, where he arrived in January 2019, about two years ago. The Mexican did not participate in 36 of those matches, but he did come out as a substitute in another 25. Athletic has become the destiny of Villahermosino, since It was in San Mamés precisely where he made his debut in a Betis starting line-up, on the 21st day of 2018-19 (1-0), on January 27, 2019.
Quique Setién would return to give him the title in the League on matchdays 24 and 25, a few weeks later, against Alavés at Villamarín (1-1) and Valladolid at Zorrilla (0-2). The two other league games since the beginning of Lainez, both with Rubi as coach, they were in the clashes against Athletic last season. In the first, on the 16th matchday, the Verdiblancos won in Heliópolis 3-2. In San Mamés, matchday 30, the Biscayan won (1-0). After this duel the club decided to dismiss Rubi.
And Lainez has not returned as a starter. Betis offered him the possibility of being transferred in the last transfer window but the Mexican preferred to continue at Villamarín to try to have a regularity and a few minutes that at the moment he cannot. Just 24 ‘adds this year in the 9 rounds played so far, spread over three outings from the bench against Alavés, Real Sociedad and Elche. It is only 20 years old but its market value has plummeted: of the 15 million it cost, Transfermarkt rates it only at 5 right now.