Stiven Plaza: from heaven to hell in just 10 months

The Ecuadorian player arrived with the vitola of being the first signing of Ronaldo Nazario, but his lack of adaptation and injuries have frustrated, so far, his expectations.

Stiven Plaza has passed in less than 10 months from heaven to hell in which it is now. Not adapted to play in Primera, he does not finish picking up the pace in Second B with Javi Baraja's team. The Ecuadorian striker had a cost of more than two million euros, plus commissions, and on his back he supported, to begin with, being the first signing of Ronaldo Nazario who even went to his country, to the Independent Club of the Valley, to announce his signing . The expectations created on his arrival in Valladolid were quickly frustrated. Despite the technical recommendation that he start playing with the Promises, the club's presidency refused and forced him to train and play with the first team. It was difficult for him to take physical fitness, get used to Spanish football, and despite debuting, nothing more and nothing less, than at Camp Nou on February 16 for 15 minutes, he could not demonstrate his potential, since 15 days later he ended up injured in the knee in the field of Espanyol by an ugly entrance of Roberto Rosales that left him in the dry dock the rest of the season although it was said in principle that in a month he could return. He recovered to play the U20 World Cup with Ecuador, but again resented his injury and ended his participation in the World Cup event ahead of time.

With the budding summer, Ronaldo, president of Real Valladolid, then decided that the Ecuadorian player would finish his recovery in Sao Paolo, with the medical and rehabilitation services of Corinthians, with the aim of arriving in conditions to the second phase of the Blanquivioleta club preseason. Once he arrived in Valladolid, with the list of strikers that the team had, in the club he began to succeed the theory that a transfer to Second would be good to adapt to Spanish football and seemed closed to Numancia, but at the last moment, the Maximum shareholder stopped the operation. Not only that one. As Marca said at the time, the transfer of the Ecuadorian to the Soria club, where they were already waiting for him with open arms, prevented the arrival of Cucho Hernández. The Colombian player was made with Real Valladolid, but finally, a little because of the doubts about his injury, he has not yet played this season in Mallorca, the doubts of the coach himself, Sergio González, about the player and Ronaldo's decision frustrated the transfer of Stiven Plaza to the Soriano complex and the arrival of the Colombian to Zorrilla.

In this way, the Ecuadorian player set out to start the season with the first team. With few options to play with Sergio's, having to take the form again, the club then decided to slow down with the player, recommended that he be picking up the pace with the Promises and this time yes, the player accepted, as he did, For example, Vinicius Junior in Castilla last season. He made his debut in the first League match in Second B (4-1), marking in the last play of the match against Leioa, but showing coordination and adaptation difficulties with his teammates, before injuring himself, again, in the adductor. It took a month to return and he did it before Amorebieta playing 26 minutes, while last weekend he played another 28 minutes against Real Sociedad B, with Ronaldo Nazario attending the match live. He also played a few minutes on Thursday the friendly against Salamanca CF UDS, where he had no options and was again a little lost. Today he will have another opportunity in Irún, where he has traveled with the Promises to face the match against the Royal Union, from 5:00 p.m.

In this way, the club has launched in recent weeks to try to recover the 20-year-old Ecuadorian player, who has high hopes, but on whom, perhaps, too much responsibility has fallen too soon. Once it has arrived and has not exploded, now the club goes to plan B: go slowly, restore confidence and assist in adaptation. It will be good for Stiven Plaza and it will be good for Real Valladolid.

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