Bilbao Athletic Goalkeeper Christophe Atangana Joins Leioa On Loan For The 2018/2019 Season
Athletic have an embarrassment of riches at the goalkeeper position and that required many talented young players to leave on loan in order to develop. Stars like Kepa Arrizabalaga and Alex Remiro proved their worth while enjoying minutes away from the club and now Unai Simón will do the same by playing with Elche this season. Once again, another promising Lezama product will be spending the year elsewhere.
On Monday Athletic announced that Christophe Atangana has been sent on loan to Leioa for the 2018/2019 season. The 18-year-old featured in 19 games for CD Basconia last season and was officially promoted to Bilbao Athletic this summer. With three keepers in Gaizka Garitano’s squad there wouldn’t have been enough minutes to go around and now Atangana will have the chance to prove himself while away on loan.
Atangana has featured heavily for the Cameroon U20 team and has shown a lot of promise. Playing regular minutes in the Segunda B will test his quality against stronger competition and allow him to take the next step in his development. Meanwhile, the starting role at Bilbao Athletic will now come down to Hodei Oleaga, who was the backup last season, and Unai Etxebarria who actually spent last season on loan with Leioa.