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NEW PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2005/2006: JUANMA

12 Jun 2006
The second award that deportivo-la-coruna.com pe?a members have created for this season is new player of the year. This time the winner has been Juanma. A defender that surprised with his solid work during the complete season. He was also important in the striking zone since he scored crucial goals for Deportivo, including three against the giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The candidates to this award must be players making their Depor’s debut during the season, this definition includes any youngster coming from Fabril or the players coming from outside the club. The procedure is the same one used to choose who will be the player of the year. Each pe?a member awarded the three best players of Depor in every season match with the options of 5, 3 or 1 point according to their performance. The numbers were added week by week. At the end the winner has been Juan Manuel Delgado Moreno 'Juanma'.

Juanma arrived to Depor as an exclusive petition of coach Caparr??s, he was ending contract with Racing Santander and Lendoiro had only to negotiate with the player, for this reason his incorporation came as a surprise to the fans, specially taking in mind that the central defender position was already covered with Andrade, Coloccini, Pablo Amo and C?sar.

Besides the Andalucian player came to the club with the fame of been a 'tough defender', a fact that he confirmed during his debut. It was in Saint James Park when Deportivo was visiting Newcastle for the Intertoto cup, Depor was wining the match and Caparr??s decided to secure the result, he replaced Rub?n with Juanma at minute 63rd, although that 15 minutes later he received his first yellow card, Juanma maintained an interesting confrontation against Alan Shearer. A premonition of the solid work that he would do later.

Everybody thought that the duo Coloccini-Andrade would be the starting couple in the defensive sector, but the Argentinean wasn't ready to debut in the first liga match against Mallorca at Soin Moix, for this reason Caparr??s trusted in Juanma as the partner of Andrade. He surprised everyone making a solid work and scoring the winning goal in a stadium in which the victory was unknown for the Galicians.

And Juanma demonstrated that this wasn't an accident, he continued to show a solid work all over the season, even creating the discussion about who should be the partner for Andrade: Him or Coloccini. Juanma participated in 23 liga matches and also in 5 copa confrontations. This number wasn't bigger because of the muscular problems that he suffered at the end of the season. Period of time in which the squad missed him.

But the Andalucian also showed that he knows how to make damage in the rival's area, he scored four goals during the season, including two against Real Madrid in Riazor and one against Barcelona in Camp Nou. The pe?a members of deportivo-la-coruna.com get impressed with his performance and for that reason he has been chosen as the best new player during the present campaign. The following is the final list of points for this award:

1st- Juanma 350pts
2nd- De Guzman 209pts
3rd- Iago - 124pts
4th-. Arizmendi 74pts
5th- Iv??n Carril 68pts
6th- Taborda 28pts
7th- Gallardo 24pts
8th- Senel 3 pts


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