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THE ROLE OF ISAAC CUENCA

13 Feb 2015
Isaac Cuenca is still trying to find a spot at Deportivo; he has only played five times in 2015 after been a normal starter at the beginning of the season and already started to hear whistles coming from the stands.

Decisive moment for Isaac Cuenca in his career at Deportivo. The Catalan arrived during the summer as one of the most interesting signings, but now he isn’t a fixed starter. He played in 9 of the first 10 games on the league season, been a starter seven times and scoring twice, but after the 1-2 home defeat with Getafe CF things changed.

Coach Víctor Fernández started to play with a centre midfielder, José Rodríguez, on the right wing. Cuenca didn’t feel comfortable on the left and neither in the playmaking function, and with Lucas Pérez and Iván Cavaleiro growing up, then the new role of the ex-Barca man has been to wait on the bench.

In 2015, he has only played five times, two of them as a starter. The last one against SD Eibar, though it was due to the suspension of José Rodriguez, now he can go back to the bench as Víctor is testing other possibilities for the game at the Bernabéu. He’s the second player with more appearances coming from the bench (8), only behind Toché (10).

The situation seems to be causing some frustration in the player, which together with the whistles coming from the stands it is creating anxiety. The general feeling is that Cuenca is “too individualistic” and that he risks a lot with his passes and individual moves, though his passing ratio is the 8th best at the team (79%).

On Thursday he had a little confrontation with journalist Gonzalo Soto from Radio Galega after the latter insinuated that the whistles heard at the Riazor when he was replaced against Eibar were caused for his “selfishness” he responded that, “I haven’t talked to the stands, what happens is that it is what you believe, but I don’t know the opinion of the people at the stand. Maybe the circumstances are different. “

Later he gave his opinion for the reason for the whistles, “I believe it's because I’m coming from Barca and from playing the Champions League. Maybe people are expecting a lot, maybe people don’t see or appreciate that I’ve been two years without playing. They don’t see what I have been through. They only see what I have played here and since I did a lot, then they want more. They want me to score more goals and make more assists. Maybe it’s that I cannot give more, maybe I can be able to offer more, it should be something in the middle.”

He neither thinks that the anxiety is affecting him, “Maybe at the beginning I had more anxiety for the will to play, but I believe that recently I’m feeling more like me. I’m content. I’m fine on here, the partners are bringing me more confidence and am having a great time, about my confidence I guess I could have more if I would be able to spend more time on the field, feeling more important and if people, instead of whistling, they could be applauding more.  “

The contract of Cuenca is ending in June and the player doesn’t seems convinced about staying at Depor, at least it was the impression left after been asked if he’s planning to sign an extension, “[He thinks about it for 5 seconds] We see it as we saw it before arriving here, but a lot still ahead and we are only looking at the present. But I’m strong, the club’s directors, the coach and the players want me and I look to the club from the inside and not from the outside.”

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