La Liga talent spotter discusses future of flop who is being eyed by Newcastle United
That’s the view of sporting director Monchi, widely regarded as Europe’s best talent spotter.
Former Manchester City man Lopes was snapped up for around £23million in the summer from AS Monaco, but has managed just 11 minutes in La Liga so far this season.
But Monchi is refusing to brand Lopes a flop, just yet.
“If I have to be upset that Rony Lopes does not play, it would be with me, not with the coach,” he said.
“It’s too early to say I was wrong. If they don't work in the end, the only culprit is me. I’m not looking for an excuse.”