Some notes on Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua’s performance against Badalona:
Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua completed the full 90 minutes of Atlético Baleares’ goalless draw with Badalona on Sunday afternoon, in the Spanish Segunda Division B Group III. Shashoua started the game out on the left wing as Manix Mandiola’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Today’s goalless draw means that the ‘ Balearicos ‘ will have to wait a little bit longer before clinching the Spanish Segunda Division B Group III title. Samuel hardly touched the ball during the opening 15 minutes of the game. Samuel’s first real involvement in the game occurred after Canario shifted the ball out to him on the left flank. The nimble footed youngster then darted past Marc Carbó before swivelling around and passing the ball back to Canario who then tried to initiate a move. Shashoua continued to see very little of the ball during the opening stages of the game although he was making some good tackles and he was tracking back well after him. After Francesc Fullana passed the ball to Shashoua out on the left flank the 19 year old cut inside before shifting the ball onto his right foot and attempting to pick out De La Espada in the penalty area with a whipped cross. However, Shashoua’s cross had too much pace on it and it ended up going behind for a goal kick. After Francesc Fullana had pounced on a poor header from Badalona’s Nana on the edge of the Badalona penalty area, the Atlético man fired the ball over Morales‘ crossbar. However, he had failed to spot the well timed run of Samuel down the left hand side of the penalty area, and he could have easily slipped the ball into the Tottenham loanee who more likely than not would have tapped it into the back of the net. That was to be the frustrated Samuel’s final involvement of the first half. Shortly after the restart Samuel came desperately close to breaking the deadlock. After Canario had managed to pick out the unmarked Shashoua down the left side of the Badalona penalty area with an in swinging cross from the right flank, the 19 year old managed to connect with the ball. However, his headed effort on goal from an acute angle was well saved by Badalona goalkeeper Morales who pushed the ball behind for a corner kick. Samuel couldn’t believe that Morales had kept out his effort!
About ten minutes later Samuel picked the ball up before darting in between both Marc Carbó and Nana before firing the ball narrowly over Morales’ crossbar from the edge of the Badalona penalty area. A couple of minutes later Samuel managed to round Albarran after picking up Francesc Fullana’s pass. He then embarked on a driving forward run towards the Badalona penalty area but he was eventually intercepted by Albarran who managed to recover and make a challenge. Late on in the game Atlético substitute Nuha passed the ball to Samuel down the right side of the Badalona box but the Spurs mans quickly taken low effort was blocked by Moyano. Samuel tried to play a quick one two with Canario on the edge of the Badalona box shortly afterwards but nothing amounted of it. A late Atlético attack resulted in Fullana passing the ball to Samuel on the edge of the Badalona penalty area however, Shashoua’s resulting powerful low effort was blocked by the sliding Moyano. That was to be the last time the hardworking Samuel was involved in the game.