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PLAYERS REVIEW 2016/17: STRIKERS

28 May 2017
The exit of Lucas Pérez was traumatic, but Deportivo were fortunate to find Florin Andone as the Romanian became into the top-scorer and even a leader on the pitch.

Five strikers had minutes with Deportivo during the season, including Lucas Pérez, who left after the opening matchday. Andone replaced him with his goals, while Joselu had more mixed reviews. The following is a summary of their performances.

Florin Andone –Leader- (2,900 minutes in liga) The top-scorer of Deportivo shone for his sacrifice running after every ball and for his commitment in tough moments. He had problems to adapt and faced anxiety after spending scoreless his first eleven games with the team, but after the game with Granada (November 5) he chained six straight games in which scored six goals and provided an assist.

Then the Romanian entered a bad moment just like the rest of the team, but returned strong for the last stretch and scored four goals within his last five games in liga. Been only 24, he demonstrated maturity inside and outside the pitch. Andone had the sixth best mark in liga with 99 shots, and his 12 goals meant the second-best mark for a summer signing (Malaga’s Sandro was the leader with 14).
RCDLC.com rating: 7.5

Joselu –Conflictive- (891) The Galician attacker was the response of Deportivo for the late exit of Lucas Pérez, and he started his career at the club in the worst way after only lasting 24 minutes in the home clash with Athletic (September 11). A knee injury kept him at bay for two months, later he returned and characterized his performance for been a more static player compared to Andone and four scoring 4 of his 6 goals before giant clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

But the Galician attacker will be more remembered for his conflictive character, part of the fans didn’t like some of his attitudes in social media and neither his fight with Pepe Mel after been replaced in the derby with Celta (March 19). He ended the season sidelined due to an Achilles injury.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5

Marlos Moreno –Immature- (792) The Colombian proved that he isn’t ready to play in European football, he showed individual skills, but never the tactical preparation required in the big leagues as the attackers also need to help in defensive tasks.  In the end, he didn’t score goals and neither gave assists after 19 appearances. It’s also true that the initial plan was different, he arrived late to the season after playing the final in Copa Libertadores in August, but was forced to jump quickly into action after the injury of Joselu, so the 20-year-old attacker never had the time to adapt.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.0

Borja Valle –Inexpert- (202) The Ponferrada-born attacker landed at Depor eager to prove that he can play at Primera after his stage at Oviedo, but never demonstrated too much in the opportunities that he had. He managed to play seven times in liga after the injury of Joselu, but wasn’t ready for the task and was loaned out to Elche CF in January.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.0

Lucas Pérez –Idolized- (90) In one game he did more than the half of the attackers at Depor, Lucas played the opening game against SD Eibar (August 19) and paved the way to the 2-1 victory scoring a goal and providing an assist, then he was signed by Arsenal FC. Both Garitano and Pepe Mel stated that his departure was a hard hit from which Deportivo never recovered.
RCDLC.com rating: -

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