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12 Jun 2017
Four of the loaned players had a negative season: Oriol Riera, Borja Valle, Juan Dominguez and Saúl García. The four of them suffered a relegation. 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 four of the nine loanees, the four that precisely suffered a relegation. Juan Dominguez and Saúl García with RCD Mallorca, Borja Valle with Elche CF and Oriol Riera with CA Osasuna.

Oriol Riera (CA Osasuna, 1,469 minutes in La Liga) After an unimpressive season at Deportivo, the sporting direction sought for other solutions and, despite Lucas Pérez was leaving, they allowed his exit to CA Osasuna, a recent comer to the elite. The Catalan liked this option as he played there in the past and the fans liked him.

But this wasn’t the season for Osasuna, the Navarrans demonstrated not to be prepared for the elite and spent the major part of the liga campaign in relegation. Riera had a lot of minutes, and despite some injury cases, he was the 11th players with more minutes at the squad, but at the same time the striker demonstrated the same flaws witnessed at Depor. He only scored four goals (plus providing an assist) and his shot accuracy was only of 47%. 

Borja Valle (Elche CF, 1,432 minutes at Segunda División) This 24-year-old attacker arrived this season at Depor, not too many things were expected from him and, after not having too many opportunities with Gaizka Garitano, it wasn’t a surprise when he was loaned in the winter window to Elche CF.

And it wasn’t the best choice for him, Elche CF was a team aspiring to the promotion that ended relegated, a figure that’s common to find at Segunda División. After matchday 32 they were only nine points below the promotion zone, but then a disastrous straight occurred as the team lost eight of the last nine games in the competition to end penultimate. The true is that it cannot be said that Borja Valle had a bad performance, it’s just happened that the team never clinched good results during his period at the club. The attacker was normally performing on the wing or behind Nino and ended the season with four goals scored. His agent already stated the player could end rescinding his contract.

Juan Domínguez (RCD Mallorca, 2,580 minutes at Segunda División) The most disappointing case among the loanees. This 27-year-old centre midfielder already demonstrated that he can be a starter in a Segunda team aspiring for the promotion and also demonstrated that he can perform at Primera, but on this season he didn’t have any weight in what probably was the biggest disaster of the season at Segunda.

Since Garitano didn’t have confidence in him, ex-Depor coach Fernando Vázquez pulled the midfielder to RCD Mallorca, an ambitious project that was targeting the promotion to the elite using several familiar faces at Deportivo like Salomão, Culio and Juan Rodriguez, but in the end the team only won nine games and was already relegated by matchday 41. Juan Dominguez was the fifth player with more minutes, but he never convinced the fans after appearing in 30 of the 42 league games, he was constantly pointed out for missing too many passes and for not having any weight in the games, the same accusations heard in his last stages at Depor.

Saúl García (Girona FC & RCD Mallorca, 967 minutes at Segunda División) Double failure on the season for the left-back, who after two years at the club haven’t been able to capitalize his three loan spells. He was sent to Girona FC at the beginning of the season, the Catalans were promising to give him a chance to play at Segunda, but coach Pablo Machín always preferred the options of Johan Mojica and Sebastià Coris. In the end he only played 201 minutes distributed in 6 games and Depor decided to pull him off.

RCD Mallorca were interested and he was the first winter signing for the team, but the Majorcans were already in a negative spiral and the arrival of Saul didn’t change anything, he had more opportunities there compared to Girona (766 minutes), but never had an impact in a team destined to fail. He still young (22), but this season meant a step backwards for him.



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