The numbers for new signings Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa have also been released. They will wear 25 and 26 respectively. Not surprising that Kagawa has been given a low key number, as he himself turned down the number 7, wanting to take a number of personal meaning, and making it his own, creating his own legacy. That in itself is a humble and classy move from the Japanese attacker.
However I am nothing but pleased for Valencia. He was truly spectacular in the run in last season. Creating chance after chance. He has endured a couple of bad injuries in his time at the club, but has returned each time to make an impact on the season. Fair play to him!