Jose Angel He knows well the scenario on which Sporting will seek this afternoon to mathematically tie the permanence in the Second Division. The man from Gijón played for Villarreal during the 2016-17 season, a turbulent year in the Castellón entity since practically his arrival. Signed with Marcelino García Toral as one of its guarantors to compete for the left side with Jaume Costa, the club opted for a replacement on the bench before starting the campaign. Fran Escribá succeeded Marcelino and Cote was far from having the desired continuity.
He did not arrive alone, his was a double signing. José Ángel joined Villarreal along with goalkeeper Andrés Fernández. Both came from Porto, on loan. The man from Gijón added his fourth team to the yellow submarine after his transfer from Sporting to Luis Enrique’s Roma in the 2011-12 season. Rea Sociedad and the aforementioned Porto were the stopovers prior to his stage in the submarine. He added seven participations in the League, all of them as a starter. His last league match as a Villarreal player was precisely against Sporting at La Cerámica. The victory fell to the local side, 3-1. The goal for the rojiblancos was the work of Douglas, a winger who arrived from Barcelona on loan.
Since his return to Spanish football, José Ángel has never played as few minutes as he did that season at Villarreal. He then chained five seasons in the First Division with two different clubs. The first four, as an Eibar player, where he became an important footballer under the command of José Luis Mendilibar, with whom he continues to maintain an intense relationship. Later, with Osasuna, the recent finalist of the Copa del Rey. From there he undertook the return to Gijón last summer to debut in the Second Division. He had never played in the silver category before.
José Ángel has played 29 league games with Sporting so far. He has been a starter in 25 of them and this afternoon he aims to increase the number. With five goal assists, he is one of the best footballers in the category in this section. His great hitting with his left foot has made him an important weapon in order to hurt rivals from set pieces. Five assists also adds Pedro Díaz, another of the footballers who with Miguel Ángel Ramírez has resumed the best version of him. On a day of reunions, José Ángel will fight with his teammates for three points that could save them with three games to go if Málaga does not go beyond a draw. From there, towards a derby in El Molinón which is another of the motivations for his exciting return home last summer.
The rojiblancos have been concentrated since yesterday in Castellón, exercising during the afternoon in Oropesa del Mar. Today they will play two hours before Málaga, a team that will visit Ponferradina starting at 4:15 p.m. At the conclusion of the match, the team will travel to Barcelona, where they will spend the night before flying back to Asturias tomorrow. It will be then when he begins to prepare for the match against Oviedo at El Molinón next Saturday (4:15 p.m.).
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