Pep tells new boys: embrace the culture, embrace the Club

Fran Villalba in action on his debut
Fran Villalba in action on his debut

Blues have added a decidedly Spanish influence to their football operations.

This transfer window, five Spanish players were brought in.

Pep Clotet is assisted by fellow Spaniard Paco Herrera, while Xavi Calm was appointed Blues Under-23s Head Coach, arriving from sister club UE Cornella.

Blues Women appointed Marta Tejedor as their Head Coach after Marc Skinner's exit.

After Blues gained international clearance for Alvaro Gimenez and Fran Villalba, their last two Spanish additions before the window shut, Clotet spoke about the advice he has been giving to the new blood.

Herrera, who speaks English, has been a big help in regard the initial communication of tactical explanation and general information, and Agustin Medina too.

"I have told them - as I have been here five years now in England and as you know I love the culture - about the English and how important it is for them to learn the language," commented Clotet.

"I said everyone loves Spain, you know? People go there on their holidays, they love the sun! But, at the end of the day, we are in England.

"I told them 'I want you to buy into the culture, I want you to learn the language, I want you to understand what football is about here and what this Club is about, as well'. This is not like going to another Spanish football club. No. This requires a lot more work, a lot more effort.

"But I have seen mentality to want to. I have seen two players - Alvaro and Fran - with the will to get into it. They are desperate to play for the Club, desperate to succeed and make an impact.

"That's my advice to them, as well as advice on the differences between the Spanish game and the English game. It's so they can have a head start, possibly."

Moha Ramos has received the same - excuse the pun - pep talk, whilst Ivan Guzman, Blues other Spaniard, has been loaned to UE Cornella.

As for Croatian Ivan Sunjic, he speaks very good English and Ecuadorian Jefferson Montero has been in England since 2014.

In general, Clotet said it would naturally take time for the blend of new signings and squad that was already in situ to come to fruition.

"It will take time for the players to know each other. They need to know how each other plays, the kind of balls they want to receive, the kind of runs they make.

"The good thing is that we have a solid group that has been working together, the defensive steps are there. So we are trying to gel the players to help us on the offensive side.

"The more time we have on the training pitch, the more games we play, the greater we will be knowing more about ourselves."