Miguel overtakes Borja and Juan Muñoz in the Leganés de Garitano

The young striker has gone from being the last forward for Martí, to being the usual bench resource for Bergara's. Garitano: "Other days others will play"


Miguel de la Fuente (Valladolid, 21 years old) has become one of the great beneficiaries in Leganés by the signing of Asier Garitano as their new coach. The striker has gone from being the last striker of the pepineros to becoming the first attacking option to emerge from the bench. This has happened in the first two games that Bergara's team has led on their return to the south of the capital.

Against Lugo it is true that he came out on the pitch in the 85th minute. He did so as a replacement for Sabin Merino, the starting striker. The striking thing about that duel was that no other striker had made an appearance from the list of substitutes. Neither before nor after their presence on the lawn.

Against Girona Miguel had more time. He came out in the 70th minute (at the same time as Bua, the double-scorer of the duel) and also as the only Blue and White striker to appear on Montilivi's pitch from the bench. It is striking that, with this participation in Girona, Miguel played more reserve than in nine of the ten games that he had previously competed in the league with Leganés. Only against Las Palmas did he play more. In total, 31 minutes.

The reasons why Garitano has chosen this kid as a recurring replacement for Sabin Merino could be due to his virtues. He is a powerful forward, strong in the air, but also fast on the counter. A profile that Asier likes, especially if you have to get away to defend a result.

On the opposite side are Borja Bastón and Juan Muñoz, formerly important players in Martí's plans and, for now, unprecedented footballers under the command of the new owner of the bench. Especially striking is the case of the first, Borja Bastón, who had become a recurring headline. Something more than a landline.

In the Blue and White squad, he is the fourth outfield player with the most minutes played in the league (1,457). So much so, that so far this year, whenever he had made an appearance on the bench, he had played at least a minute. Only against Socuéllamos, in the Cup, did he break this trend, which, however, now, with Garitano, has already become a trend.

Before Lugo and Girona he was a substitute, but he did not compete. Nor did Juan Muñoz, who debuted yesterday in the call under the command of Asier (against Lugo he was not part of the list), but who, as happened with Borja, did not go out on the pitch. In his case, it rains over wet. He did not have much regularity with Martí either. So far this season, the Sevillian has only played 13 games between the League and the Cup.

“It is a matter of choice. We have chosen Miguel. Borja is people like Miguel, who can crash well, keep it. He has had these two games, ”Garitano explained after the match, the reasons why he has used Miguel more than Borja for now. “[Borja] will be ready. Train well. Not only Borja. Brandon, and Lasure, were also a lot of players out. Once again it will be up to others to play. The other day Bua didn't even go out to warm up and today she had her option. Soccer is these things. The important thing is that when the option comes to them they are prepared. It is a matter of choice without more ”, settled the Bergara.

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