From Zamora to Óscar Gil y Puado

Despite being in Second, two new players increase the number of international Espanyol, with 46. Kiko Casilla, Hermoso or Asensio, the last.

Even if it is due to exceptional circumstances, such as the two cases of COVID-19 that have affected the Spanish National Team five days before the start of the Eurocup and that has caused new players to join Luis Enrique's bubble, Espanyol wins two internationals more in its history. The paintings of Óscar Gil and Javi Puado will be displayed in the Juan Segura Palomares Auditorium of the RCDE Stadium along with the other 44 footballers who have debuted throughout history, since Ricardo Zamora inaugurated this series at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games.

Both cases are surprising. Óscar Gil, the U21 international who played in the last final phase of the Eurocup due to losses in this area, started last Tuesday against Lithuania. Puado's explosion is just as fearless, although in the future it could be more logical considering the player's progression, who even made his debut as a scorer, a circumstance that is not very common.In fact, there have only been eight other players who have scored a goal when they became international with the Espanyol jersey. And Puado becomes eighth on an already privileged list. This list is made up of Albert Riera, Raúl Tamudo (5), Roberto Martínez (1), Javier Marcet (2) and Martí Ventolrà, Tin Bosch, Portas and José Luis Zabala (3). Since the 1970s, only Riera and Tamudo had scored, so Puado is now part of this historical group.

The last internationals they have from Espanyol respond to another profile and come from the Real Madrid quarry. This is the case of Kiko Casilla, who signed for Espanyol but was later bought back by the white club, but not before making his debut with La Roja after his great campaign in 2014-15. He was followed by Marco Asensio in the 2015-16 academic year and Mario Hermoso in the 2018-19 season, the last of the paintings that appear in the international room.

Óscar Gil's situation is secure at Espanyol after arriving last summer from Elche after a clause for 500,000 euros. On the other hand, the Parakeet club is in suspense with the situation of Puado, who is in the process of negotiating to renew his contract because his contract ends in 2022. The forward has even gone one step further and is already part of the National Team's bubble, that reaches 40 players, for the Eurocup. That would be formidable news for another player raised in Sant Adrià.

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