Gonzalo escalante was presented this Wednesday as a new addition to Deportivo Alavs. The Argentine said he was “happy and excited” and wanted to play as soon as possible to “be happy on the pitch.” Upon his arrival, he admitted that although he had several other options on the table, his good relationship with Sergio Fernndez and the signing of Mendilibar made him choose Deportivo Alavs.
Escalante arrives at Alavs to reinforce a midfield that counts on the casualties of Loum, Pere Pons and Toms Pina at the moment. For this reason, there are several options that the Argentine can even play as a starter on Sunday against Athletic, something about which he has not yet spoken with the coach. “The truth is that I had little time. I had a couple of problems with my flight and I was a little late, so I have not had the opportunity to talk much. We are waiting to be able to take some time, because this is all a bit difficult. Let’s see what he decides, I am at his command and what he decides will be good for me. “
In top shape
Regarding his physical condition, the midfielder said he felt “perfect”, and reflected on what he thinks Mendilibar would ask of him on the field, highlighting his versatility in being able to play offensively or defensively. “In all the seasons with Mendi, the partner I had as a midfielder varied a lot. I think I can adapt to whatever he asks of me, because I consider myself a very intense player, that I can do various things, and I think I ask the same of the partner. “.
Finally, Escalante reflected on everything he has learned during his stay in Italy, something that he classifies as an “incredible experience”, and a luck that few have. “I was able to play the Champions League against great teams and meet great players. I took all that with me in addition to knowing another type of football, new coaches and new systems. I take a lot of good things with me.”
Sergio Fernndez and resources in midfield
The Sports Director, Sergio Fernndez, also attended the presentation of Gonzalo Escalante, where he assured that the midfield is covered, but that “circumstances” are causing it to not be possible to “enjoy” several players. For this reason, the incorporation of Escalante stands out: “it allows us to have someone with certain characteristics that make us better, and when all the teammates are available we will have resources and possibilities for the team to get where we all want.”
Fernndez revealed that it is an incorporation that they have tried to close for a long time, and has called it “a priority” due to their football and personal conditions. “With his personality he absorbs a lot of energy and channels it, and in football he has qualities that this team will use well.”
Regarding the lead of the team, and the lack of minutes of the substitute forwards, the Sports Director assured that the fact that Joselu monopolizes many minutes is something logical, given his state of form, and asked for patience with the rest. “Others have to be patient so that when their time comes they are up to the task, but height is not measured because they have a few minutes in a Cup match, you have to have the patience so that they perform in time and show their potential. We do not change our opinion about Sylla or Miguel because they are not having the minutes they want, but right now they have no choice but to wait. “
The chapter on possible exits at the press conference was also discussed, although Fernández did not want to give any details. In addition, he assured that he trusts that the players affected by the coronavirus “can be part of the team for Sunday.” Finally, regarding the departure of Loum to go to dispute the African Cup, he expressed that “there is no room for complaint”, because it was known that they had to give it up on these dates.