In the midst of criticism and debates about the current tenant of the Athletic goal, Unai Simón was uncovered with a sober and outstanding performance last Monday against Sevilla in the Pizjuán. The young rojiblanco goalkeeper had three very high-level interventions: two to individual shots from En Nesyri and another from Acuña. The goalkeeper from Alava had a lot to do with this Bilbao victory at the home of one of the four contenders for the league title.
One of the biggest problems for Unai Simón, something that many other goalkeepers would like for themselves, is that the rivals hardly have shot options when they face Athletic. The lions make it clear from game to game that they have a very consistent defensive framework. The opponents barely get to finish between the three suits of the Bilbao goal.
Any mistake by the goalkeeper at such a juncture is more difficult than it is by itself a failure under the sticks.. It is true that Unai Simón still has a lot of room for improvement in his foot kicks and even in high starts, but under sticks it is a real guarantee. Something well, very well, he has to be doing so that even Luis Enrique has given him ownership.