Hector Bellerin used data analytics to join Real Betis on loan

Hector Bellerin of Real Betis
Hector Bellerin of Real Betis - IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The Spaniard completed his loan switch from Arsenal to Real Betis with the help of data analytics company Analytics FC.

After months of speculation, Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin completed his loan move to Real Betis in the summer transfer window.

While he was heavily linked with clubs like Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSG, Bellerin surprisingly chose Betis as his next destination.

According to reports, the Spaniard had sought help from data analytics company Analytics FC to complete his return to La Liga.

The 26-year-old wanted a club where he would get regular game time and a manager who would suit his playing style. In the end, Betis emerged as a top destination for the Spanish full-back.

Furthermore, Bellerin’s chances of returning to the national team will increase if he plays in the Spanish first division, as suggested by the analysts.

Bellerin is eager to make a return to Luis Enrique’s squad for next year’s FIFA World Cup at Qatar.

Betis also showed a lot of interest in signing Bellerin after first-choice full-back Emerson Royal moved to Barcelona – he would later join Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spaniard’s time at Emirates Stadium wasn’t the same when he returned from injury, eventually going down the pecking order of Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners also recruited Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna as a replacement for Bellerin. The Japanese international made his debut in the win against Norwich City last weekend.

Bellerin made his first appearance for Betis in the weekend La Liga game against Granada. Manuel Pellegrini’s side won the game 2-1 after Sergio Canales netted a late winner.