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01 Jun 2015
Time to revisit the performance of Deportivo’s players during the league season that has ended. This second part presents the analysis of the eleven midfielders that played for Deportivo during the campaign 2014/15.

It was a tough season that had many negative things and only a few good factors. The major part of the midfielders didn’t shine, some never fitted into the schemes of the coaches. Despite the high number of centre midfielders it never gave the sense that the position was properly covered. This is the summary of the performance from the six centre midfielders, two playmakers and three wingers that played with the first team.

Álex Bergantiños –Constant- (2,644 minutes on the season) Without doubt the most constant midfielder at the team, a demonstration of this is that he was the midfielder with more minutes. The Galician started the season on the bench as Víctor Fernández preferred to play with José Rodríguez and Juan Dominguez, but since matchday 03 he became one of the starting choices. Truly he suffered the results of the big defeats against Real Madrid and Sevilla CF and was sent back to the bench, but returned at the end of the first round been a starter in the last 24 matches and was only replaced twice. Midfield territory always lacked depth and precision, and in several opportunities it seemed that Álex was the only one having a clear idea of how to pass the ball, Álex ended the season with a respectful 78% on his pass success percentage and was the player at the squad with more completed passes (1,123).
RCDLC.com rating: 8.0

Juan Dominguez –Disappeared- (1,247) Once again it was expected that he was going to “explode” at Primera División and once again the expectations weren’t fulfilled. Juan started the season as a starter at midfield and was a normal participant until matchday 20, but never showed anything special and was benched as soon as Celso Borges was signed during the winter window (matchday 20). Since then he only played four times with Víctor Fernández, who also made him perform as a playmaker in three opportunities. The arrival of Víctor Sánchez gave him a second opportunity as he played in five of the last eight games, this time even as a winger, but again didn’t show anything special. He even had to perform as a left-back at the Camp Nou after the injury of Canella. His best moment was to score the winning goal against SD Eibar on matchday 03, the first victory of Depor on the season.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

José Rodríguez –Surprise- (1,502) No one expected too much from a 19-year-old player (he is now 20) that didn’t have any experience and that arrived loaned from Real Madrid, but ended the season as the tenth player with more minutes. The true is that he was misunderstood, because this centre midfielder only played three times on his natural position, the fact that there were six centre midfielders at the team moved Víctor Fernández to put him on the right wing, place where his fully potential was never displayed. He played there in 11 of his 17 appearances as a starter. The arrival of Víctor Sánchez changed the priorities and he disappeared from the lineups, more specifically he only played 70 minutes within the last eight games. He scored twice, first against Rayo Vallecano at the Riazor (matchday 02) and later again at home against Granada CF (matchday 20)
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Haris Medunjanin –Temperamental- (1478). The strong character of the Bosnian is something that Depor had missed in previous seasons, but the true is that he never fitted into the team. He began the season as a normal starter at midfield, but was one of the players removed from the formations after the debacle against Sevilla CF, curiously he scored his two goals in tow big losses, against the Andalusians at the Sánchez Pizjuán and in the match hosting Real Madrid. Since the arrival of Borges in the winter window he became the fourth choice for midfield. So, it wasn’t strange that he only played 67 minutes in the second round until he had to be used as a starter at the Riazor facing Atlético Madrid as Borges was suspended. Still, he had positive things, like the fact of been the second player with the better passing ratio (82%) and his 59 minutes in the last game against FC Barcelona replacing Canella. In that game he showed the character that Depor needed in order to reach the salvation.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Celso Borges –Sacrificed- (1,474) There was a lot of noise when the Central American was signed, especially since he scored twice against Rayo Vallecano on his debut, but later was criticized as many analysts said that he didn’t have the needed leadership to carry midfield territory trying to be the offensive player that connects with the attacking line. What happened is that he never seemed like a player that can give a key pass, but managed to end as the seventh player with more passes completed (632) despite arriving at the middle of the season, so it can be said that he fulfilled the job despite more was expected from him.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.5

Cezary Wilk –Injured- (603) The Polish was never in the plans of Víctor Fernández. He just played his first game on matchday 07 after the coach was forced to make changes due to the poor results. The true is that he had a decent performance playing as a centre midfielder, but inexplicably he was removed from the lineups and only played 42 minutes since matchday 15. Then he got injured in March, a toe fracture that left him out of action for the rest of the season.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5

Lucas Pérez –Dandy- (1,555) There were high expectations with him, Víctor Fernández even said he was one of the two special players at his team. The Galician lived the two faces of football in one single campaign. He was very unlucky at the beginning suffering several injuries since the pre-season. For this reason he only played 77 minutes in the first round. There were a lot of comments and disappointment, then Lucas became anxious, but exploded as soon as his physical problems ended. He became the most important player in attack normally performing as the playmaker, besides the fans always felt identified with him due to his passion for the club. He ended as the top scorer at the team (6) and opened the gates for the comeback at the Camp Nou scoring a vital goal that later helped to achieve the permanence.
RCDLC.com rating: 8.0

Luis Fariña –Disappointment- (1,199). The other player that Víctor Fernández identified as the most gifted men at his team. The Argentine impressed during the Teresa Herrera, but later he never showed those skills in la liga. It’s not that he isn’t a good player, after all he was the man with the best passing ratio (85%), the problem is that his passes were never crucial for the team, so he never left the sense of been important. With the arrival of Víctor Sánchez he disappeared from the rosters and even watched from the stands the defining game against FC Barcelona. The only game in which he was crucial was against Elche CF scoring a sensation goal (matchday 15), his worst moment was to be sent off against Granada CF when the team was searching to defeat a direct rival (matchday 20)
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

Isaac Cuenca –Shooting star- (1,459) Perhaps the signing that awoke the highest expectations. The Catalan winger was considered to be a different player that was going to be the most determinant man in attack, at the beginning things seemed fine as he scored twice within the first five games and as he was a normal participant in the meetings, but by the start of the second round he was already on the bench as his contribution was fading away. The fans constantly lost the nerves with his attempts to dribble the rivals when the most logical thing was to pass the ball. Still, he was the 7th player with the best passing ratio (80%). A player with class that simply never fitted at Deportivo.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

Diogo Salomão –One-hit wonder- (287). Very unfortunate season for the left winger. It was known that he was going to play until December after suffering a serious injury at the beginning of 2014, but by February he had only played 21 minutes in Copa. Salomão suffered complications on his injured knee and that’s why he debuted in liga until matchday 28 (against RCD Espanyol), but by then Depor were already living the negative streak that put the club at the edge of demotion and the player never brought the wanted impact in attack. Víctor Sánchez rescued him for the last two matchdays and that’s when his luck changed. He had a solid performance against Levante UD in his first game as a starter on the season, and was the hero in the closing game scoring the equalizer against FC Barcelona. So, the Portuguese ended with a smile on the face, but without forgetting his previous problems.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.5

Hélder Costa –Unnoticed- (137) The fans expected that this 21-year-old winger was going to have a surprising performance after arriving during the winter window, just like it happened with Cavaleiro during the summer, but by May they were still wondering what kind of player he was. And it’s that the Portuguese played six games, all of them with Víctor Fernández, and it was never clear if he is a winger, a playmaker or a second striker. He left some positive moves, but nothing crucial to achieve a result. Perhaps he was to green for a team needing immediate results.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.0



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