Sadiq’s disappointment as Almeria fails in La Liga promotion offer
Rubi’s side fell short of the top flight after being unable to reverse a three-goal deficit in the first leg against Whites and Reds
Umar Sadiq will have to reflect on his future in football following Almeria’s failure to secure promotion to La Liga following their play-off loss to Girona on Saturday.
The former Nigerian Under-23 star was arguably the main name of an ambitious side looking to return to Spain’s elite division following his demotion in the 2014-15 season.
However, a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Francisco Vilchez’s side proved too difficult to overcome, following a 0-0 draw in the second leg at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos.
Although he played from start to finish, Sadiq couldn’t save the day for the Rojiblancos.
After finding the net 20 times in 39 league appearances, Sadiq finished behind Sporting Gijon’s Uros Djurdjevic (22 goals) and Espanyol’s Raul de Tomas (23 goals) in the 2020 Golden Boot race -21.
Ahead of the play-offs, the former AS Roma and Bologna star had expressed his desire to win the Segunda Division Golden Boot, as well as help Almeria return to La Liga.
“I am personally satisfied with the goals I have scored so far, but the important thing is not that,” he said. the club website.
“All that matters is that we get a promotion to Primera Division, which is the primary goal.
“I don’t look at what other players are doing who have also scored a lot of goals, although it is clear that I would like my team to be promoted and also to be the top scorer.
“We forwards are there to score goals and help our teams, so in addition to scoring I like to give assists and contribute as much as possible to the team.”
Sadiq joined Almeria on the Serbian side of Partizan for a five-year contract on October 5, 2020.
With a long-term deal signed, questions about his future will arise, however, Rubi’s side will undoubtedly aim to do better next season.
On the other hand, Senegalese Mamadou Sylla and Malian Ibrahima Kebe are back in the Spanish elite division with Girona.
The Catalonia-based team were demoted to tier two after placing 18th in the 2018-19 campaign.