The friendly season is in full swing and it’s so far so good for Real Betis.

They’ve played three games and won all three comfortably. The first two games were against much lesser Spanish opposition where Betis scored a total of nine without reply, but the latest game was against Aitor Karanka’s newly promoted Middlesborough who would provide a much tougher challenge.

By the sounds of it Betis were the much better side and ran out 2-1 winners in Marbella with goals from Dani Ceballos and Rubén Castro with one of the most Rubén Castro type goals you will see; superb first time arrowing finish into the bottom corner.

23 year-old Alex Alegría has been making headlines with a hat-trick against El Palo and a further strike against La Balona. At 6’2″ he’s not your typical Spanish forward but Alegría could start to play an integral part for Betis this season especially with the departure of Jorge Molina who also stood at 6’2″.

Alegría’s not just a big man though, he’s got a nice touch and can apply a fine finish. He was on loan at Numancia last season where he played over 40 games and scored 12 games. For the time being he’s in Gus Poyet’s plans and I hope he stays.

Next up for Betis is an encounter against Fulham at the Ciudad de Lepe in Huelva later on today before the team jet off to Germany next week.