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THE ROLE OF JUAN DOMINGUEZ

29 Mar 2015
In the middle of the comments regarding his renewal, Juan Dominguez has lost a spot at the starting lineup. The true is that his numbers weren’t good before and neither in his previous seasons at the top flight.

It called the attention what Juan Dominguez said on Friday regarding his current situation at the team, ”"I should be doing something wrong, because many people don't like me. I am not going out too often to the field, and when I do it then I find that the game is already broken and complicated, but I must assume my role and help the team from the bench, though it’s only for five minutes.”

First to all it’s true that the Galician midfielder has been playing too little in recent months. He was a normal starter before Celso Borges was available, but since the Central American player is a starter (against Rayo Vallecano, January 30) he has only played 37 minutes in the following eight games. His biggest participation was to play 12 minutes twice (against Rayo Vallecano and RCD Espanyol).

But’s also true that the fans weren’t totally pleased with the performances of Dominguez, many believe that he still has to show more things taking in mind he is the “offensive” part of the duo at midfield, without forgetting that he was criticized in the two games in which he performed as a playmaker (as example the first round game visiting SD Eibar, match in which he curiously scored the winning goal).

The stats demonstrate this, after 19 presentations he doesn’t have any assist and, despite his passing ratio is 82.7% (the second highest at the team), he barely completes key passes that leads to create scoring chances. Actually, his partner Álex Bergantiños, who is supposed to be the “defensive” part of the couple, has more key passes so far (12) compared to Juan (7).

Víctor Fernández noticed it and that’s why he made a change searching for more key passes at midfield, and with Fariña and Lucas Pérez declared as “essential” for the playmaker’s position, then the role of Juan Dominguez is currently on the bench; all of this when the midfielder only has three more months of contract and with the uncertainty of his continuity at the club.

Also to notice that the Galician player has faced similar situations in past Primera seasons, after having a few opportunities in his first two seasons with the first team, he turned to be important in the first campaign at Segunda, but in the return to the elite his contribution got smaller, and at times, like it happening now, he lost the spot alongside Álex thanks to the presence of another Latin player (Abel Aguilar).

The numbers of Juan Dominguez with the first team:

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

assists

2009-2010

13

8

744

2

0

0

0

2010-2011

20

9

1,003

1

0

0

0

2011-2012

35

29

2,607

5

0

4

7

2012-2013

24

21

1,867

4

0

1

0

2013-2014

39

39

3,490

7

1

4

2

2014-2015

17

10

933

2

0

1

0

Totals

148

116

10,644

21

1

10

9

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