The puppies that knock on Marcelino’s door


ANDl Athletic keep working so Marcelino start the preseason with the squad closed, or at least with a part of the discards already made. In addition to the possible registrations by way of signings, the youth of the Bilbao Athletic They will also have their opportunity to convince the Asturian coach, either to stay on the squad or to alternate between the elite and the subsidiary. After the good season there are several puppies that could appear in the preseason.


Julen Agirrezabala (20) has become one of the revelations of the course. An agile goalkeeper, with good footwork and who has shown great ability to save penalties. The recent renewal until 2025 shows the confidence the club has in him.


Another who has extended his contract until that same year is Aitor Paredes (twenty-one). The captain of the subsidiary is a strong center-back, with good ball output and hitting to launch diagonals. You already know what it is to be called up with the first team, but you have not made your debut in the First team yet.

The sides Imanol García de Albéniz (20) and Alvaro Nunez (20) have also made merits to be considered. Both are players with similar characteristics, both physical and technical: light, intelligent, good centering and with a great ability to break lines with their passes. In fact, they have acted as the third center-back in ball exit throughout the course. However, the possible arrival of Petxarroman complicates the options of Nunez.


The name to keep in mind is Beñat Prados (20), one of the most talented puppies of the branch. Beyond his ability to constantly generate advantages and with different resources (passing, driving, diagonals, eliminating rivals …), he stands out for his enormous personality. In his first campaign in the subsidiary he has carried the weight of the team, assuming a lot of responsibility with the ball and being key in the offensive game that he proposed Etxeberria. It is also tied until 2025.


For the attack is Juan Artola (21), top scorer of the Bilbao Athletic with 10 points. The Biscayan has been the wild card of the Elgoibar coach in the last two seasons, playing on the wing, as a midfielder or even as a forward. His greatest virtue is his intelligence to move in the area, as well as his good back game and his ability to be tremendously uncomfortable for rivals. Although it may seem somewhat crude, it has quality to control and pass.

Finally there are the “Nicos“, two names that Marcelino spoke about a few weeks ago.” The two Nicos are players in whom we have a lot of confidence. Although it remains to define what the next season will be, the logical thing is that they are with us, either continuously or up and down, because what also interests these young people is to compete every Sunday. With the competition there will be more and better footballers “launched the Asturian. Williams He has been indisputable in the subsidiary and has played two games with the first team. Highlanderfor his part, he had some problems in the final stage, but his overall performance was good.

The three ways

In case none of them manages to get a hole in the plans of Marcelino, open two possible avenues for them. One is to continue in the subsidiary, which will be 1st RFEF, and try to achieve that promotion that has resisted them. Within this possibility it also enters that they go up and down to complement the staff of the elderly. The other option is to go out on loan to Second to get blank and take another step in their evolution as footballers. That’s where the Amorebieta as a possible destination for these puppies, since it is a close team and in which they could count on a good amount of minutes.

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