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GREAT YEAR FOR VALERÓN

07 Feb 2012
Juan Carlos Valerón is recovering the protagonic role that he lost after his knee injuries; El Flaco could end the season close to break his record of minutes at Deportivo; he could also break his mark of goals at the club.

One of the best news on the season is without doubt the starting role that Oltra has given to Juan Carlos Valerón, heart and face of the Deportivo that’s trying to return to Primera División as soon as possible. On Saturday the Canarian playmaker didn’t offer the best of his performances, but his goal lighted the way to clinch the seventh straight victory in liga.

It’s been a while since El Flaco had a protagonic role at Deportivo, more precisely since 2006, year in which he suffered his first knee injury. On January 22nd, 2006, with Caparrós on board, Valerón torn his cross ligaments of the left knee and was sidelined for the rest of the season 2005/06, tournament in which he played 1,474 minutes in 20 matches.

The next two years were torment for him, he suffered a relapse and only played 75 minutes in 7 Primera matches, plus 4 minutes in Copa Del Rey. The arrival of Lotina brought the polemic as the Basque coach was constantly sidelining him for the official matches. In four years with Lotina the Canarian was only a starter in 27 Primera matches.

At the end of the past season Lotina changed his mind and Valerón gained a more protagonic role at the team, but it was too late and Deportivo was condemned to Segunda División. Now, the arrival of José Luis Oltra is giving a second chance to El Mago de Arguineguín; so far Valerón has played in 22 of the 23 Segunda matchdays (he only missed the match at SD Huesca), only five less appearances than the total accumulated in the four years with Lotina; the important thing is that he has been a starter in 20 opportunities adding 1,632 minutes.

It’s his highest mark since his record campaign of 2004/05, season in which he played in all the 38 matchdays of the Primera tournament adding 3.202 minutes. For the present season the projection is that Valerón will pass the mark of the 3,000 minutes, though it will be hard to see him breaking his record at the club. The mark that could be broken is the number of goals in favour; Valerón scored four goals on the seasons 2000/01 and 2005/06; now he already has two and the half of the season ahead in order to add more.

In resume, Valerón is living his second youth at Deportivo, something that can be noticed in the statistics and also with his contribution on the pitch, curiously it could be the last season for the 36-year-old playmaker as he hasn’t decided yet if he will continue playing on next season.

On Monday he talked to reporters and said that, “We are all content for the match of the other day, for carrying away with it and for adding the victory; the idea is to go game by game and continue in the same way. I am also glad for the goal. I’ve only scored two times, but will try to improve this mark. The coach motivates me in order to have arrivals and must try to improve in this sense.”

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