Athletic Bilbao: The appearance of Oier Zarraga

It is striking, curious or anecdotal that in the week in which I had to write around the figure of
Oier Zarraga
,
Marcelino
gave him a few minutes in the league game last Friday against Levante at the Ciutat de València. In fact, it was the first few minutes of Zarraga In the Asturian era on the rojiblanco bench, the first minutes with a first-team record, the first minutes after renewing his contract with Athletic. The truth is that he barely had the opportunity to touch the ball in the time he was there, nor is it that the getxotarra was out of tune, far from it. Left by
Victor
to occupy a midfielder position together with
Mikel
Vesga
.

Zarraga it is going to have between complicated and impossible to have opportunities in this Athletic. At least this season. Let’s not fool ourselves.
Unai
Lopez
,
Dani
Garcia
, Victor Y Vesga they are, to this day, ahead. And the order of the factors does not alter the product. What is going to happen next season, the idea you have Marcelino about it, I do not know. But come on, it sounds difficult that the situation can vary for Zarraga. Or not. Likewise, a good preseason or change of mind by the Athletic coach will make him have more options than he seems. I am clear that if he is not going to have minutes, by age, it is a classic in Athletic and a cliché, but a reality, he must leave on loan to have minutes of competition.

The relationship is curious Zarraga-I raised. Maybe it’s a sign for the future, I don’t know. Zarraga He made his debut as a first-team player in the league duel that Lions and Granotas played in San Mamés last October. Gaizka Garitano It makes him debut in the elite, which for the moment, by the way, is the last debut of a player in Athletic’s first men’s team. Play half an hour long. And after that duel, consecutively, he played for a while at El Sadar, debuted as a starter against Sevilla in San Mamés (in one of the best matches of the era Garitano that I remember), returns to have a few minutes in Zorrilla as a substitute and from there, he returns to Bilbao Athletic dynamics, being a very important piece under the orders of
Joseba
Etxeberria
. In fact, Zarraga He is summoned to Athletic-Elche, in the first game of this year. Do not play. He goes to Lezama. He is a starter against Barakaldo. And it marks 1-0 in the victory of the cubs against the factory team. It is the afternoon in which, by the way, Garitano he is dismissed as coach of the first team.

Who know Oier
Zarraga They tell me about an educated boy, somewhat shy and with a great human and football quality. Athletic did a report on Algorta together with
Iñigo
Vincent
, revealing among other issues, that they played the impossible game in the old San Mames of one hundred children against Joseba
Etxeberria. Look, another nexus that he finds Zarraga on his short path as a professional. I hope I have many good ones. It will not be something from the other Thursday.