The light came for Raúl Fernández

After more than two years inactive, the Basque goalkeeper confirms in this preseason that he is back the way he used to. Valles or Domínguez could come out.


For being, the preseason is the perfect time to claim, perhaps the ideal scenario in which to win the position, in any case the time to show your bosses that you give the required level. Speaking of the Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, so far no one better exemplifies these three guidelines Raúl Fernández, a survivor.

It happens that the Basque goalkeeper has not played an official match since April 14, 2019, when Cádiz visited the Gran Canaria Stadium. After a very hard tackle from Jovanovic, the Basque goalkeeper fell dejected to the pitch, thus beginning an ordeal that lasts more than two years. A few months that turned into more than a year. Last season, on his return to training after confinement, he was prepared to return to action but injured an ankle and completed a blank season, which doubled last season.

After a thousand problems with his file, and even with an attempted appointment in court, a few weeks ago he renewed for two seasons with Las Palmas. The debate was served, since the other two goalkeepers of the team, Álvaro Valles and Álex Domínguez, also had a contract in force with the club. The first of them until June 30 of next year, and the second until the same day but in 2024. Thus, Miguel Ángel Ramírez, maximum shareholder and president of the club, assured, in his traditional summer press appearance, that one of the three would have to leave on loan.

After accumulating so much time injured, Fernández's contribution was an unknown that he himself has been in charge of clearing since the Las Palmas preseason began on July 5. After the pachanga against Las Palmas Atlético and the friendlies against Espanyol and Sevilla, the Bilbao goalkeeper opposes as the one who most to take ownership once the league starts on August 15, against Valladolid.

At the moment, he has taken turns in goal with Álvaro Valles, while Domínguez continues with a partly individualized set-up after having tested positive for COVID-19, which led him to miss the Olympic Games. The Catalan goalkeeper could make his debut tomorrow in the friendly with Wolverhampton, which will be held at the Marbella Footbal Center at 6:00 p.m. Canarian time.

Between Valles and Domínguez seems to be the candidate to leave the UD in the near future, with the second most ballots. His contract is longer and his lineup is greater after being in the orbit of the Under-21 team. According to the Transfermakt portal, both maintain the same market value: € 400,000. Last season, Valles had greater prominence after accumulating 26 games played by 17 of his partner, although he conceded more goals: 35-17.

Waiting for the full incorporation of Domínguez, Raúl Fernández leaves with an advantage in this competition of three protagonists. Your path is clear. The light came for him.

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