Some notes on Spurs loanee Armando Shashoua’s performance against Coruxo:
After making his competitive debut for Atlético Baleares the previous week against Pontevedra after coming on as a late substitute, Spurs loanee Armando Shashoua made his first start Atlético on Sunday. Manix Mandiola’s table topping side traveled to Galicia to take on Coruxo in the third tier of Spanish football. Armando was handed his first start as a CAM after fellow attacking midfielder Jordan Holsgrove was out injured. After some good early pressing and off the ball movement Shashoua tried his best to link the play during the early stages of the game. Shashoua’s first real involvement in the game occurred around the 18 minute mark. After the 19 year old picked the ball up on the right flank he showed some nice skill before swivelling around and passing the ball to Atlético centre forward Gabarre who attempted to lay the ball off to Alberto Gil however, he was intercepted by Coruxo defender Borja Yebra. Shashoua continued to press the oppositions players well and he was also making some clever runs into the Coruxo box which weren’t being picked up. Around six minutes later and after winning the ball off of Borja Yebra, Shashoua advanced into the Coruxo penalty area before attempting to feed it into Gabarre however, Corxuo defender Crespo managed to get in front of him to intercept the ball. It was a scrappy game and frustratingly for the highly skilful Armando Shashoua, Atlético were playing the ball in the air quite a lot.
Armando continued to move around the pitch well and his control and first touch was impressive. During the early stages of the second half Shashoua managed to do well to win the ball off of Añon before doing a nice bit of skill, before he was fouled and won a free kick in a promising position (Shashoua was fouled quite a lot in this game). Armando was replaced by Piris in the 61st minute of the game. This was a solid debut performance from the teenager who will also be hoping to start Atlético’s next game which is at home to Ferrol next Sunday morning, in the absence of Jordan Holsgrove who is out injured for a couple of months.