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21 May 2016
Mosquera, Borges and Fajr dominated the number of minutes at midfield, while Galicians Álex and Juan Dominguez saw how the opportunities were vanishing. Cartabia was the only player at the team that improved his performance in the second round.

Nine midfielders performed for Deportivo during the season 2015/16, the lack of wingers pushed the coach to improvise in some opportunities. New arrivals Mosquera and Fajr gained a place at the starting formation and were important for the coach, while “veterans” Álex and Juan Dominguez lost some ground. Also to have in mind the progression of Cartabia. The following is the analysis of their performance.

Pedro Mosquera –Enlightening- (3,288 minutes on the season). The player with more minutes on the season, he arrived during the summer and gained a place in a midfielder sector that needed ideas. Mosquera had what the team was missing in previous years and enlightened the road for a Deportivo that returned to have a brain at midfield. Unfortunately, his level decreased in the second part of the season and there wasn’t anyone else that could replace him.

Mosquera played as a starter in 37 of the 38 matches in liga and only missed the visit to FC Barcelona due to a suspension (Dec 12). He was also the player with the best passing ratio at the squad (82.5%) and was also the second player at Primera División with more tackles (121).
RCDLC.com rating: 8.0

Celso Borges –Header- (1,909). He completed the equation at midfield with Mosquera. The Galician was the passer and the Central American was the sacrifice. It was him the responsible of the mark and recovery of the ball and was normally performing towards the left wing. Borges was also the player with more aerial duels at the squad (145) and won 57% of those duels, which was the best percentage at the squad. He missed two months in the competition after breaking a toe when he was playing for his national team. He scored three goals, including the equalizer against RC Celta at Balaídos (Apr 2)
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Álex Bergantiños –Sacrificed- (1,750). The arrival of Mosquera pulled Álex out of the equation, he managed to play 22 times because it was him who replaced Borges when he got injured. Without doubt his best moment was to score the equalizer at the Camp Nou with a wonderful strike from the edge of the area (December 12).
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Juan Dominguez –Sidelined- (185). If Álex saw how his participation was cut in the half, then Juan Dominguez practically saw how his presence was evaporated. He was the fourth centre midfielder at the team, and even at times the coach preferred to play with Fajr in that role. It neither helped the continuous physical problems (the last one an ankle sprain that sidelined for the last two matchdays). In the end the Galician player only had 185 minutes distributed in 50 games and only touched the ball in 94 opportunities during the whole season.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

Fayçal Fajr –Refreshing- (2,841). It’s one of the kinds of multifunctional players that every coach likes to have at midfield, he was basically playing in a different position for every game according to Víctor’s orders. Technically it was the same position, but always had a special task according to the rival. The sense is that he is lost when he plays attached to the left wing and adds more things performing as a centre midfielder or playmaker. On this season he contributed with five goals and three assists, one of the goals was one of the two scored in a direct free-kick by Deportivo, while another one was a wonderful strike that opened the score at Villarreal CF in a match that certified the permanence.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.5

Fede Cartabia –Different- (1,355). The Argentine playmaker had problems to adapt to the team, either by physical problems or for his shy personality, in the first round he only shone for scoring a great goal at Real Betis (Sept 24) and later for giving an assist against Athletic Club (Oct 18). Everything changed for the second part of the season, moment when he was the best player at the team. Víctor used him more as a right winger and the difference with him on the field was noticed. Cartabia was the only player that improved his level in the second round and ended the season with three goals in favour plus three assists.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.5

Cani – Tired- (892). Definitely veteran Cani is a different player with enough qualities to prevail at midfield, but his stage at Deportivo was characterized by his intermittence. He suffered several physical problems that sidelined him for some games. It was normal to see him shinning in a first half, to later disappear in the second. Perhaps for this reason he never managed to play the full 90 minutes despite making 12 appearances as a starter.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5

Jonás Gutiérrez –Replacement- (390). The Argentine winger arrived as the last signing of the summer and he never found his place at Depor. It seemed that Víctor never found the right way to use him and ended being the second player that made more entries as a replacement (12). The only moment when Jonás had a direct impact in offense was to give the assist that meant the 1-1 visiting Levante UD (Nov 7).
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

Miguel Cardoso –Promising- (41). Víctor wasn’t sure to allow his exit during the summer as he was lacking wingers at the team, but he was gone by January after only playing 41 minutes distributed in 3 games during the first round of la liga. Still, he left a positive impression, starting with the visit to FC Barcelona (Dec 12), game in which he was the revulsive giving the assist for the first goal and later hitting the post at the last minute in which could have been an historic win for Depor.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5



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