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08 Jun 2016
Only Pablo Insua and Raul García had a solid year playing outside of Deportivo. Good enough to have a chance to return to the first team ahead of next season. The other four men didn’t progress after failing to impress at their clubs.

Six players of Deportivo ended the season 2015/16 playing loaned at other clubs, one was in Portugal, three played at Segunda and other two at Segunda B. Only two had a solid year, while the other four had little to celebrate, which has been a common thing in recent years. Bicho even had to switch clubs due to his lack of presence in the line-ups. The following is an analysis of their performances.

Pablo Insua: (3,067 minutes at Segunda). One more time the Galician centre-back was a key piece in a Segunda season. No one expected to see CD Leganés earning the promotion to Primera, but the Madrilenians did it as the runners-up in the league and part of the success was a solid defence that only allowed 34 goals (2nd best mark in the league).

And Insua was a key piece in this defence. The 22-year-old player was a normal starter alongside Mantovani and was the link with midfield with his skills in the output of the ball. He played 35 games in the league season and missed the other seven games mainly after been sent off in three opportunities. Insua was even the one that scored the goal of the promotion in the 1-0 win at CD Mirandés during the last matchday.

Saul García: (1,792 minutes at Segunda). Positive year for the 21-year-old player. He was loaned to CD Tenerife during the winter window, team that lived at mid-table all season long, without approaching to the promotion seats, but neither menaced by relegation.

It was a good move for the left-back after not having any action at Deportivo, because he played in 20 of the 23 games disputed by the Canarian team since his arrival. Saul was solid in defence, but continued to miss accuracy with his crosses (only 14 of his 67 crosses met the target -21% of the total-) Still, the media praised his performance and the intention of the club was to extend the loan for next season, but Deportivo want him back. It was commented that a Bundesliga club was interested in him.

Luis Fernández: (1,769 minutes at Segunda). Bittersweet season for the 22-year-old striker. He was loaned to SD Huesca with the hope of finding minutes and goals, and ended in a midpoint position, without been consistent though having some good moments in a club that was only aspiring to clinch the permanence. The Aragonians suffered all season long and were in relegation by matchday 34, but an explosive end with 6 wins within the last 8 games granted the safety.

Luis was going in and out of the starting formations, he played 28 games in liga (18 as a starter) and scored four goals (plus one in Copa). With Machís been the starting choice, he had to fight for minutes against veterans Arruabarrena and Héctor Figueroa. Luis had a promising start scoring a wonderful goal in a free-kick against CD Tenerife (1-1, matchday 03), but later was going in and out of the team and only scored two more goals in 2015, one of them was in Copa del Rey against Villarreal CF (3-2 win). He started 2016 been the starting choice and playing the full 90 minutes in the first 6 games in the new year, but later fell from the squad and became a substitute The striker barely played within the last 17 matchdays, though he ended with a positive note scoring twice in the 2-3 win at CA Osasuna (matchday 41), result that secured the permanence for his team.

Miguel Cardoso: (234 minutes at liga Sacres). Not a good year for the 21-year-old winger in his first year as a professional at Deportivo. He stayed at Depor for the first part of the season as Víctor Sánchez wanted to have a natural winger, but by December he had only played 41 minutes in liga and it was decided to loan him out, he ended at União da Madeira, club trying to survive at Portugal’s first division. In the end they failed and suffered the relegation in the last matchday.

Cardoso barely played at that team, he only made ten appearances (only twice as a starter) and was never a factor in a team that had the second worst offence in the league (only 27 goals scored in 34 matches). To make things worse the Portuguese got injured in his last game, an ankle sprain that will have him on the sidelines for a month.

Bicho: (1,265 minutes at Segunda B). Another bad year for the 20-year-old winger, who was the main hope of Deportivo during its last season at Segunda. After a failed period at Barcelona B, he was loaned to Segunda club CD Leganés only to find out there was no room for him there. He left the Madrilenian club during the winter window without playing any single minute and was loaned to Segunda B club SD Compostela.

And Bicho got minutes there, but his performance wasn’t spectacular and neither was helpful for his team in order to avoid the demotion to Tercera. The winger scored three goals and played in 17 of the 19 Segunda B games since his arrival to Galicia’s capital, a new step backwards in his career.

Álvaro Queijeiro (1,284 minutes at Segunda B). Small step upwards for this 23-year-old centre midfielder. After a complicate season in which he spent the half of the campaign injured, the player was loaned to Pontevedra CF for its adventure at Segunda División B (one level up from Tercera’s Fabril).

He started the season having minutes, but a muscle problem was going to sideline him for several weeks; it coincided with a negative start for the Galician team in the league, but things changed for good to both. Pontevedra started to gain positions and even caressed the promotion spots, while Queijeiro returned on matchday 13 and only missed 3 of the next 20 games. He even scored a goal in the visit to Real Valladolid B (1-3 win, Dec 12).  In the end Pontevedra lost the train of the promotion after only winning 2 of the last 12 games, but this should be a positive experience for the midfielder.



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