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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WINTER SIGNINGS

09 Apr 2014
The winter signings have scored or assisted in 9 of the 12 goals netted since February. The new arrivals are also a crucial part of Fernando Vázquez’ lineups as at least two of them were always at the starting formations.

In recent years Depor’s winter signings never resolved the problems of the coach and practically passed unnoticed. As example what happened during the season 2010/11 when former coach Lotina got a trio of attackers, Xisco, Javito and Pepe Sand, that didn’t help too much in the race for the permanence at Primera.

But the situation is totally different on this season. Coach Fernando Vázquez got five new players during the last transfer window: striker José Verdú Nicolás ‘Toché’, playmaker Bryan Rabello, left winger Diogo Salomão, right winger Ibrahim Sissoko and centre-back Albert Lopo.

Only two months later the five of them have proven their value despite Salomão is already off after suffering a knee injury. And it’s that, since February, Vázquez has at least used two of the signings at the starting lineups and these five men combined, plus Diego Ifrán, have directly participated in 9 of the 12 goals scored within the last ten league matches.

Despite they had just landed in A Coruña some days before, Salomão and Rabello were starters against CE Sabadell CF; the Portuguese winger scored the first goal and then Toché came out from the bench to bring a 2-1 win at the Riazor.

One week later Vázquez played again with both winter signings at the starting lineup and Depor lost 1-0 visiting Real Murcia, it was the same story for the home clash with Sporting Gijón and once again Toché came out from the bench to collect a corner from Salomão and score the vital equalizer during the stoppage time (1-1).

Then Depor visited AD Alcorcón with two winter signings as starters, though this time Toché was one of the men at the starting eleven. And the outcome was the same, because one of the last signings, Albert Lopo, came out from the bench and scored the winning goal during the stoppage time (1-2).

One week later Vázquez used four of the five winter signings (Salomão, Toché, Rabello & Lopo) -the highest number so far- at the starting lineup that faced the home clash against Hércules CF. Unfortunately Salomão only lasted a few minutes on the pitch after sustained a knee ligaments injury. Still, the winter signings were crucial as Toché scored a brace and Rabello assisted Juan Carlos for the second goal (3-2 win).

Days later Salomão was replaced by Diego Ifrán, who turned to be the sixth reinforcement since the January window. In the following two games Depor didn’t score goals, but the new arrivals were important part of the lineups. Toché and Rabello were starters against CD Mirandés (1-0 loss), while Lopo joined the duo for the home clash against Barcelona B (0-0).

The moment of Sissoko arrived within the last three games; he became a vital part at midfield and was a starter for the first time for the visit to Real Zaragoza (0-1 win). For the home clash against CD Tenerife three winter signings were starters and one of them, Lopo, even scored the goal though Depor only got a tasteless 1-1 draw.

And the moment of Ifrán arrived during the last game against Real Madrid Castilla. Three winter signings were starters in the meeting (Sissoko, Rabello and Lopo) and the Uruguayan attacker came out from the bench to score the second goal (0-2 win).

That victory put Deportivo back at the top of Liga Adelante, a remarkable achievement for a club dealing with many issues within the last year, and the six signings made since January have been a crucial factor for this situation.

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