Why mess with a winning formula
€11M was made available for new transfers for the upcoming season but once again I was hesitant on how to use them.
I had a very young and talented team that I really liked so why mess with a winning formula?
What the team needed now was a chance to play together and gain some much needed experience.
Up front Jajá
had been picked up to play in the German U-20 team and only the sky was the limit for the young player striker. As the replacement for Diego Batista
, who didn't score a single goal in the 18 matches for his new team Racing Club de Santander
had scored six goals and had five assists in the 20 games he played for C.D. Constància
in his first season with the team with a solid AvR 7.15
as the playmaker was a possible weak spot and an arrear where we could be looking for a new player. But his 10 goals and nine assists was still solid (7.04 AvR)
On the left midfield Adolfo Giovannini
had just picked up second place in the “Young player of the year” award in Spain and with Edi Curry
as backup we were very much set for the future.
Right side we still had Andi Qosa
even if he was still talking about moving to a bigger club. Belgian Almir Leonor
could also play AMR and Francisco Coloma
was still a viable option as backup.
In the middle of the field i preferred Jonas Svensson
who had just played his first ever international game for Norway at the age of 28. Svensson came off a fantastic season with an 7.40 AvR . We also had Frenchman Cedric Pochat
who could play in the middle but most interesting was perhaps just 17-year old Romanian midfielder named Marin Morar
. Of all the players on the roster he was the one with the biggest potential ? upside? and it was my plan to slowly introduce him to first team football in the upcoming season.
On the defensive midfield we had Álvaro Gómez Herranz
and Cees Hofman
The all important defensive line was almost set. In the middle as the anchorman I had the first C.D. Constància
player ever to be selected to the LIGA BBVA
team of the year Raimond Zonneveld
. He was perhaps not part of the starting eleven for the LIGA BBVA Team of the Year
but his 7,66 AvR for the season was still solid. Why he was not part of the Dutch national team for the upcoming World Cup
in Qatar was a mystery to me.
Next to Zonneveld it would be Lucas Hoyer
and Caio Cesar
. Only question mark was if Pompee Etiennne
was good enough to keep his place as the right back in the upcoming season.
In goal i had switched Pau López
with Croatian U20 keeper Ante Mihovec
in the end of last season on a hunch. His entrance on the team correlated with us getting hot for the run down the final stretch and Ante had several good performances down the stretch. Ante Mihovec
would get another chance to start the season this year.
Our young Brazilian keeper Hugo Leonardo
had already agreed with Levante for another season on loan but this time as the starting keeper and key member of the team.
At the end of the season even I got some recognition for my job done with C.D. Constància
. I was in great company when i ented up behind Tito Vilanova
but in front of José Mourinho
in the LIGA BBVA
“Manager of the year” award