Athletic began their vacation yesterday. The Ascent to Urkiola on Wednesday served to put an end to the 2020-21 season. The rojiblancos have 39 days ahead of them to rest and recharge their batteries for the next season, in which they will again play three competitions, the League, the Cup and the Super Cup. The club will carry out medical examinations throughout July 5 and 6 and training will begin in Lezama on July 7 before carrying out a week of preparation in a place yet to be defined if the Covid-19 pandemic allows it. This is the intention of Marcelino
Toral, the coach who came to the San Mamés bench at the beginning of the year and signed for another season, 2021-22.
The Asturian coach has set himself the objective of having a much shorter squad than the one he has directed in the course that ended on Saturday 22 May with the defeat at Martínez Valero de Elche. “It has no reason to be having a massive staff. We will have players from B, as has been the case this year with Vencedor. Having 25 players in the first squad closes the way for those below. When there is a short staff, the coach pulls the subsidiary and in Athletic it has to be like that. However, if we have 25 our obligation for justice is to give space to those players “, said the Asturian coach in Wave
The coach has already expressed his desire to have a maximum of 20 or 21 field lions
Your goal is to have a maximum of 20 or 21 outfield players plus two goalkeepers from the first team and one from the subsidiary. “Everything from there is more of a problem than a solution,” he added.
The sports direction headed by Rafa
Alkorta He has a lot of work ahead of him in this holiday period and during the preseason to fulfill his coach’s wishes. So much so that at this time the first team is made up of 29 players, 26 from the current squad plus three who are returning from their respective assignments.
The signing of Petxarroman
Simon, who is preparing to concentrate with the senior team to play Euro 2021, and Jokin
Ezkieta form the list of goalkeepers after confirmation of the departure of Iago
Herrerín, which still has no destination for the next campaign.
Cap are the right sides, with the incorporation of Alex
Petxarroman, signed from Real Sociedad B for the next three seasons after being promoted to Second with the subsidiary txuri urdin. Nuñez, Iñigo
Martinez, Yeray Y Nolaskoain as central and Yuri
Berchiche Y Balenziaga on the left side they complete the rear.
Vesga and the ‘baby’ Unai
Victor they are the pivots, a position that the Asturian coach has been rotating a lot since he arrived. Zarraga, who has to recover from the operation on his right knee to which he was subjected on April 8, and Iñigo
Vincent They are other alternatives a few meters ahead of the center of the field, although the Derio midfielder has all the ballots to be one of the first to leave since he has not counted for Villaviciosa.
The team currently has four players for the extremes of attack, two for each wing: Alex
Berenguer, the team’s top scorer in Liga 20-21, and Ibai on the right, with Jon
Black pudding and Iker
Muniain to the left.
As men more advanced in their characteristic 4-4-2, Marcelino has to Raul
Garcia, Sancet, Iñaki
Williams Y Villalibre, which has performed well in the recently completed course.
These 26 players must be joined by the three who return from the teams in which they have been loaned: They lived (Mirandés), Iñigo
Cordova (Alavés) and Kenan
Kodro (Valladolid). The former has claimed a good season in the Burgos Second team with 32 games and two goals to his credit. The left-handed winger played 7 games before falling injured and the striker, 14 in the Pucelano team.
Marcelino has not closed the door to transfer players who have had minutes this season. The main thing for him is to have two footballers per position, taking into account that in the next campaign, as in the previous three, there is no European competition involved.
To this wide range of players, we should add the footballers of the subsidiary who will do the preseason with the ‘older’, who could be six, although this is something that the Ibaigane entity has yet to decide: the two full-backs, Alvaro
Nunez and Imanol, the middle center Meadows, the band footballers Nico
Williams Y Nico
Highlander and the team’s midfielder and top scorer last year Juan
Artola. These cubs would expand the roster of players for the first team. Outbound overbooking.
Petxarroman (signed from Real B)
Vivian (returns from loan at Mirandés)
Córdoba (returns from loan at Alavés)
Kodro (returns from loan at Valladolid)