The matches played by Athletic since the defeat in the Cup final against Barça have served, among other things, for Marcelino to give more minutes to the youngest players in the squad. Much has been said about a time to this part of the irruption, to call it in some way, of Sancet, Morcillo and even Villalibre, without neglecting, of course, the premiere as a lion of Nico Williams or the inclusion in some calls of Paredes and Beñat Prados. The youngest of the first team, considering that the premiere of the young Williams has been merely anecdotal, he had already won a place first in the calls and then on the grass for a long time before.
Unai Vencedor, although it may not seem so because of the self-confidence he shows at grass level, is the youngest footballer in the current Athletic squad. The Bilbao midfielder, born on November 15, 2020, will end this season at the age of 20. His numbers, especially since the arrival of Marcelino to the San Mamés bench, are highly illustrative of the specific weight that he has acquired over the course of the campaign.
The Asturian coach, in fact, has included him in his starting eleven in 17 of the 29 official competition matches that he leads Athletic, 15 of them in the league. Dani García has formed in the starting line-up on 16 occasions, Vesga on 14 and Unai López on 11.
Vencedor is also part of the double pivot that Marcelino has used the most during his journey on the bench at San Mamés. The Bilbao-born man and Dani García, the couple employed in the midfield in the last league match against Real Madrid, has been the most repeated since the change of coach. In the League, yes, this tandem shares the ‘leadership’ with the one formed by Unai López and Vesga.
Vencedor debuted as a lion on February 16, 2020 against Osasuna. Gaizka Garitano, who had already had him under his command at Bilbao Athletic, opted for him for the match against the rojillos in San Mamés. The Rekalde, who threw a direct free kick to the wood, then formed with Vesga in the double pivot, although he was replaced by Sancet in the 74th minute. From there he did not appear again with the lions, although he was part of several more calls.
Garitano, despite everything, opted for him in the face of this season since the preseason. Winner did not have an easy start, since of the first ten games in the League he only had minutes in three. Then, yes, he was entering with greater assiduity in the plans of the previous manager, either as a starter or as a substitute.
The change of tenant on the Athletic bench coincided with a moment in which the young rojiblanco midfielder had become a creditor of ownership. Marcelino also trusted his services as soon as he landed in Botxo. The Bilbao media, in fact, formed in the rojiblancos initial eleven in the semifinal and the final of the Super Cup.
In the absence of a day for the conclusion of this season, Winner has accumulated 27 league games, the same ones he played in his last year at Bilbao Athletic, plus four in the Cup and the two mentioned in the Super Cup. He has not yet released his filmmaker locker, but, in a manner and manner of what he demonstrated in the subsidiary, everything could vary from the precise moment in which he has greater participation in the set pieces. In the subsidiary, in fact, he threw the fouls and also the corners.
The young rojiblanco player does not enter Athletic’s starting eleven in this league by minutes played (1668), but he is twelfth in the table. Yuri, the eleventh, only leads him in 17 minutes (1685). Vesga (1666) and Balenziaga (1597), yes, they could surpass him depending on what happens on Saturday in Elche.