Brandon Thomas already sees the light

The forward played against Castellón his first minutes as a cucumber after the return of Garitano. The departure of Martí painted his panorama in Leganés dark.


The clock marked the 89th minute of the match. On the edge of an end that for Brandon Thomas (Santañy, 26 years old) had a starting form. The Leganés forward waited in the band for his friend Rober Ibáñez (they were teammates in Osasuna) to leave the grass to replace his position. Against Castellón, without time for the epic, Brandon came out, occupied the band and barely had opportunities to touch a ball. Little baggage that, however, for him draws a horizon of optimism.

Those five (the extension went to four minutes) their first moments with Asier Garitano at the head of a team, Leganés, to which this attacker from Osasuna arrived on loan in the winter market by the hand of José Luis Martí, with whom he shared dressing room as a teammate in Mallorca. Last season he was his coach at Girona.

But now, a few days after his arrival in Madrid, the Mallorcan was fired and Brandon entered a limbo that complicated his situation south of the capital. First, because of the tactical reformulation that Garitano himself exercised. From the usual use of two strikers, one passed to the presence of a single nine. At the top, a funnel was formed with five candidates to exercise '9' in which he, Brandon, started with a disadvantage.First, because he did not have the same confidence in the new coach as with Martí and, second, because his physical condition placed him behind the rest. Recovered from a serious knee injury, he arrived at Butarque already with the medical discharge, but with hardly any competition rhythm. Before his debut in Las Palmas, at the hand of the old coach (he played 17 'before Garitano's return) he had only completed two games: 90' in the Cup against Tomares de Tercera and 18 'against Olot, also in the tournament. from KO.

Garitano already warned in an appearance that in order to use it frequently, Brandon needed to get ready. Improving in a physical condition that with Bergara is extremely demanding. A high bar that made Brandon not play any of the new coach's first six games at the helm. In fact, against Cartagena he fell from the cast of summoned. His outlook did not look good until, against Castellón, he again stepped on the grass. For a short time, but long enough to get the message that ostracism is not your space. There is still hope for him.

More when, faced with the offensive problems that Leganés is encountering, Garitano must find new offensive formulas in which Brandon could enter. Maybe not like '9', but if thrown to the band (he prefers the left, but can exercise on the right) or as a playmaker, a position in which the coach has already slipped that he could exercise instead of Javi Eraso, until now one of the untouchables on his return to The Avenue of the Eleven Lions.

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