21st Century Cracks: Sainz, the pearl that Athletic let go

first_imgDo not feel valued and take action Mikel González, director of Alavés grassroots football and Sergio Fernández’s trusted man, the sports director of the club who has had such a good eye in recent years with the signings. Alavés signed him for his Juvenil B in the summer of 2017 and in just two years at the club his progression was meteoric: on August 25, against Espanyol, he debuted with the first team at just 18 years old, being the first born in the XXI century to do so. He is a fast end, skilled and with very good handling of both legs.The Alavés, aware of his talent and that several teams are behind him, renewed him until 2023 to make him feel in Vitoria everything he was valued that they did not make him feel in Bilbao. The idea is that the next course will have a file with the first team, after this campaign has already played 12 games in First despite alternating with the subsidiary.In addition to his footballing qualities, he has the privilege of being very well advised. His father Iñaki Sainz, alias ‘Navarro’, played in Segunda with Eibar between 1991 and 1994, while his uncle Carlos García spent eleven seasons in Athletic. His family continues to live in Bilbao, but he packed his bags to settle in the Alavés residence in Armentia. In Athletic they can repent for a long time … Borja Sainz (Leioa, 2001) is one of those cases in which Athletic can repent for years. With the limitation to hire players who have, the case of Borja strange: after training him in Lezama they let him escape and he signed for Alavés. The reason was that he did not feel valued.Let’s start at the beginning. Borja starts playing with only four years old in Lagun-Artea, Leioa’s team. Soon it begins to stand out and does not go unnoticed by Athletic, who tries not to miss any young promise from the Basque Country. He enters the red and white youth academy in the Alevín category, where he plays until the end of his Cadet stage. That is when Sainz does not feel important. He never finished being the undisputed starter in Cadet A and the proposal they put on the table does not appeal to him: a seven year contract (three for Youth, two at Basconia and two more at Bilbao Athletic). An extension that “ties” the club, although with a trick: Athletic could break it at the end of any of the seasons.last_img

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