Lezama is full of talented young footballers and every year more and more begin to make a name for themselves. With the likes of Inaki Williams, Asier Villalibre, and Inigo Vicente turning heads over the last few years there has been a belief that the future at striker is in good hands. Now, there is another name to add to that list – Ruben Azcona.
Azcona caught the eyes of fans last season when he scored 32 goals, but this year he took an even better step. The 16-year-old has scored 50 goals so far this season, shattering Isma Lopez’s Cadet record of 33 goals in one campaign. Guillermo came the closest to breaking that record several years ago when he netted 30 goals and Inigo Vicente likely would have broken the record when he scored 27 goals in 14 games but was then promoted to the next level.
The young striker is as complete as can be at this age and stage of development. He is strong with both feet, can score headers, and has a good understanding of positioning. With each passing match he looks even better and is taking his development very seriously. As he continues to grow his shot will get even stronger as will his ability to create space for himself. For now, he is dominating competition and has scored 38% of his teams 132 goals this season according to LaCanteraDeLezama.com. One coach has said that, “Ruben never stops training and always want to get better; scoring is in his DNA”.
There is growing hype around Azcona who has become a regular face in the Spain U16 squad and his future is certainly bright. The logical move for next season would be a promotion to the Juvenil A team, though some believe that he could even see time with CD Basconia with Inigo Vicente expected to be promoted to Bilbao Athletic. Whatever happens, Azcona is a massive young talent and Athletic will not put him in a position that will stunt his growth and development.
Azcona’s current contract with Athletic is set to expire in June but the club is already working on an extension because they want to shield the 16-year-old for other interested clubs. It is completely normal for players at this age to have short academy contracts, so there is nothing to worry about in regards to the extension. Azcona and his family currently live in Lezama and the young striker is hungry for the next stage of his career. He wants to succeed at Athletic Club.