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SEASON 2016/17: LOANED PLAYERS I

12 Jun 2017
Five of the loaned players had a positive season that meant a step forward for them: Insua, Róber, Rubén, Cartabia and Bicho. This is the analysis of their performances.

Lights and shadows with the performances of Deportivo’s loaned players during the season that has just ended. Normally Depor’s loanees don’t have a good season, but in this opportunity, there were good and bad news.

This article explores the performance of five of the nine loanees, the ones that had a positive year. Insua helped Leganés to stay at Primera, Róber conquered a promotion, Rubén helped Anderlecht to reach the quarterfinals in the Europa League, Cartabia left the hell in Valencia and shone with Braga, while Bicho finally had an impact at Racing Ferrol.

Pablo Insua (CD Leganés, 1902 minutes in La Liga). New step forward for the centre-back, for the second straight year he played at Madrilenian club CD Leganés, this since Arribas and Sidnei were staying at Depor and, with the arrival of Albentosa, he was destined to be the fourth centre-back at Deportivo.

Perhaps he didn’t play as much as when the Madrilenian team was at Segunda División, but it was enough to be the seventh player with more minutes at the squad. Insua was a regular starter at the beginning of la liga, but a series of injuries sidelined him for a couple of games and then he suddenly lost the spot. He played some games as a starter in the end and scored a goal visiting Alavés (2-2, January 21). It has been a successful loan, because the 23-year-player completed a double mission, first demonstrating that he can perform at Primera and later because Leganés secured the permanence in his first year at the elite.

Róber Suárez (UD Levante, 2,038 minutes at Segunda División) The 21-year-old centre-back followed the path of Insua after Fabril didn’t get the promotion to Segunda B on the previous campaign, he was loaned to Segunda club UD Levante and it was a big success for him, first because the Valencian team clinched the ticket to Primera with authority (14-point lead over the second place), and later because he demonstrated to be ready for professional football, after all the jump from Tercera to Segunda is big.

It wasn’t expected that he was going to have too many minutes, but after seven games coach Juan Ramón López used him due to an injury (Postigo), and the Galician defender left a positive impression that in the end allowed him to be the 13th player with more appearances on the season. Veterans Postigo and Chema were the normal starters, and Róber turned to be the third centre-back in the second-best defence at Segunda (32 goals allowed). Juan Ramón López even started to use him as a centre midfielder, a position that fits his abilities as he is usually the player that allows the output of the ball.  Levante are so happy with him that they are already negotiating a new loan spell, this time with the team playing at Primera.

Rubén Martínez (Anderlecht, 570 minutes in the Europa League) This veteran goalkeeper was signed as the third choice at Deportivo, and after the elimination in Copa he decided to go out searching for minutes, and the solution was to loan him out to Belgian club RSC Anderlecht, side that needed a goalkeeper for the UEFA Europa League.

And Rubén left a positive impression with Anderlecht passing through the knockout stages in the European tournament beating Zenit and Apoel Nicosia until failing before Manchester United in the quarterfinals. It was in this round that Rubén shined the most, he made eight saves in the second-leg played at Old Trafford (April 20) and only a goal in the stoppage time caused their elimination.  In the local league, he only played one game, it was in the last game of the Playoff Championship with Anderlecht already crowned as the champions (3-2 win over Oostende, May 21). Depor seem to be convinced with his performances and can return in order to have a more central role.

Fede Cartabia (SC Braga, 613 minutes at Liga NOS) It was a wished and at the same time weird winter signing for Deportivo. The Argentine was an old wish, but spent a hard time trying to break the link with Valencia CF. He finally did it in the final days of the winter window, but at that point Depor had already signed what they needed. The sporting direction didn’t want to lose the playmaker and decided to sign him on a 5-year deal and immediately he was loaned out to SC Braga.

And Cartabia shone in Portugal. He made 11 appearances at Liga NOS scoring three goals and providing two assists. With his compatriot Battaglia performing as the playmaker, Cartabia ended covering the right wing and his contribution was crucial to see the team securing a spot in the next UEFA Europa League.

Javier Fernández Abruñedo ‘Bicho’ (Racing Ferrol, 2,126 minutes at Segunda División B) The kid from a lot was expected finally made a step forward, perhaps not impressive to reclaim a spot at Deportivo, but positive enough to continue with his career, something that means a change after his past two years. The winger debuted with Depor when he was only 17 and there were high expectations with him, but later he didn’t succeed during his stages at Barca B, Leganés and Compostela.

In this season, he enjoyed of some stability, starting with the fact that he played at Racing Ferrol at Segunda B all season long. Coach Míchel Alonso started using him as a playmaker, but was later moved to the wing after the arrival of Tena. He was later pushed back to the centre if the field after the injury of Pablo Rey. The 20-year-old attacker was always considered as a key player in attack and ended the season with four goals in favour, he scored a brace against Caudal (January 8), but his most notorious contribution was the marvelous goal scored against CD Palencia (4-1, March 15), a goal that some journalists are even promoting to be considered for the FIFA’s Puskas goal of the year. The green team ended 7th in their group, only six points away from the promotion seats. Still to be seen what Depor will do with him.

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