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PLAYERS REVIEW 2018/19: MIDFIELDERS

30 Jun 2019
The most criticized position during the season. At times it seemed that the coaches didn’t have the needed profiles for the system they were implementing. Still, Edu Expósito was the best player for the fans.

Six centre midfielders and three playmakers, Deportivo was full of midfielders on the season and even with that high number it gave the sense that it was the worst covered position during the campaign that has just ended. The following is the analysis of the midfielders that played for Depor on this season.

Álex Bergantiños -Dandy- (2,950 minutes on the season). The symbol of Deportivo. The captain might not be the most skillful player at the team, but he is always there to sacrifice himself. He was the midfielder with more minutes on the league tournament, and was also constant either in the 4-3-1-2 of Natxo González and in the 4-4-2 of Martí. The problem is that he faced difficulties on the pitch missing passes and it was forcing Edu Expósito to move backwards, an issue that was never fixed and that was one of the main reasons for the downfall of the second round. He appeared in the playoff to score the winning goal at Málaga CF and missed the last game with RCD Mallorca after suffering a deep cut in the lip. Some pointed to his absence as one of the reasons for the final failure.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.5

Pedro Mosquera -Forgotten- (1,016). The worst season of the Galician midfielder at Depor. He begun the campaign as a normal starter for Natxo González, but subsequently lost the spot with Edu Expósito as his passing skills never improved. His 77% of pass accuracy wasn’t good enough and things got worse with the arrival of Martí. He played in the first two games with the new coach (at CA Osasuna and Vs. Extremadura UD), but later spent the last two months in the competition without having any minute.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.0

Vicente Gómez -Diminished- (2,176). The Canarian midfielder went from been important to end as a disappointment. He was a fixed starter in the scheme of three midfielders with Natxo González, and in several meetings he was the best player thanks to his precise passes and guidance, but faded away with the passage of the matches. Natxo relied in him until the end, but in his last game at the club, the 0-2 loss Vs. Rayo Majadahonda, Vicente was replaced at half-time as the coach needed a revulsive and as the midfielder was having a terrible game. With Martí on board, Vicente was relegated to the bench and was only a starter when the new boss changed the draw in the playoffs. The Canarian midfielder had the chance to redeem his season in the last game with RCD Mallorca, but it was only one more failure.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.5

Edu Expósito -Shinning- (2,945). His debuting campaign in a first team was successful. After been promoted from Fabril, he lasted five games to convince Natxo González, then he became a fixed starter and his condition didn’t change with the arrival of Martí. He ended the season with two goals scored, six assists, a solid 82% passing ratio and the respect of the fans, who chose him as the player of the season. His main problem was to be too alone at midfield, mainly in the last stretch of the campaign, he was delaying too much his position and then the connection with the attack was lost.
 RCDLC.com rating: 8.0

Didier Moreno -Misplaced- (1,112). The Colombian midfielder never gave the feeling of been comfortable on the pitch. Natxo González always defended him, but he never showed anything special to deserve holding a foreigner spot at the team. Martí gave him the chance to be a starter against Rayo Majadahonda (1-2, April 21), but his performance was so disappointing that he never returned to play for Depor.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.5

Michael Krohn-Dehli -Vanished- (823). Carmelo del Pozo was expecting a lot from the Danish midfielder, it was believed that his experience would bring a lot to the team, but in the end it turned to be a negative point. In just five matchdays he was already sent of twice and later an Achilles injury left him on the sidelines for months. His last appearance was to play the last fifteen minutes against CD Tenerife (February 2).
RCDLC.com rating: 4.5

Vítor Silva -Transient - (125). The Portuguese midfielder arrived as a desperate solution in the market window, the club failed to sign Gaku Shibasaki and the ex-Reus was the best thing they could find in order to resolve the problems at midfield of a team that was going down. He made a couple of interesting appearances, but Martí lost the confidence after a disappointing first half against Rayo Majadahonda (April 21). He never played again for Depor.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.0

Carles Gil -Missed- (957) The Valencian playmaker was a special player at Depor, he was the guidance at the moment of completing the transition defence-attack, a kind of profile that was unique at the team, but he decided to leave during the winter window and Depor never found a proper replacement.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.5

Fede Cartabia -Unsteady - (1,816). In a general sense, it was a good season for the Argentine playmaker, but the problem is that more was expected for a player considered to mark the differences in the league. His physical problems didn’t bring the needed continuity, he scored two goals and provided nine assists, the latter was the fourth best mark in the league. At least he appeared when Depor needed him the most, during the playoffs, though Martí reserved him for the final ten minutes of the second-leg with RCD Mallorca, too little time to change the course of what turned to be a disappointing season for Deportivo.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Pedro Sánchez -Growing- (1,548). The Alicante-born playmaker lasted in finding a starting role at Depor, Natxo González never found a spot for him and he never demonstrated anything special on the field, perhaps conditioned by a draw that didn’t suit his skills. It was until the arrival of Martí that he started to grow. He was the player that benefited the most after the switch into the 4-4-2 system, to the point of becoming the best player of Depor in the last stretch of the league, time when he scored three of his four goals on the season. 
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Jony Montiel -Novelty- (25). The only Fabril’s player that had minutes on the season. He debuted in the 1-1 draw with Gimnástic Tarragona at the Riazor and left glimpses of his abilities as a playmaker, though it wasn’t enough to change the sign of the result.
RCDLC.com rating: -

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