Eibar Reportedly Chasing Bilbao Athletic Winger Gaizka Larrazabal
Being the son of a club legend is never easy. There’s added pressure and expectations, but Gaizka Larrazabal has handled it well. The 21-year-old is the son of Aitor Larrazabal who made 445 appearances for Athletic and is widely regarded as the best left-back in club history. Gaizka was signed by Bilbao Athletic in the summer of 2017 and has been very impressive.
In his first season with the reserves, Larrazabal scored 3 goals in 29 games while also showing skill with the ball at his feet and a knack for crossing. This year, however, he’s taken a massive step forward. The winger has already found the back of the net 9 times in just 24 matches, while also providing 6 assists, and is the second-leading scorer for the team. He’s proving that he could have a very bright future ahead of him, and other clubs are taking notice.
Larrazabal is currently in the final year of his contract with Bilbao Athletic and has an offer on the table from Eibar according to an exclusive report from Javier Ortiz De Lazcano of El Correo. The report confirms the recent statements from his father. “I think he’s doing well and he’s eager to take a step forward in football”, he said during in an interview last month. “Proof of this is that he has received interest from other clubs, including one in the Primera.” Eibar appears to be that one club.
Eibar’s offer to Larrazabal also comes with the plan of sending him on loan to the second division next season where he can continue his development before trying to earn his place in the first team. On another note, the 21-year-old’s path to the Athletic first team is difficult. He’s currently sitting behind the likes of Iker Muniain, Iñigo Córdoba, Markel Susaeta, Ibai Gómez, Oscar De Marcos, and others while other young stars such as Iñigo Vicente, Unai Vencedor, Asier Villalibre, and Oihan Sancet appear to be closer to promotion. Ultimately, Gaizka Garitano will be the one to decide which starlets are ready to take that next step in their careers.
There’s no denying that Gaizka Larrazabal has shown great potential and that he has an exciting future ahead. Whether or not he will stay at Athletic remains to be seen. The club has yet to offer him a new contract at this point, but that could change. Larrazabal is young, explosive, and talented. It’s very likely that Athletic want to keep him at the club and it may only be a matter of time before they open up renewal talks. When, and if, that happens Larrazabal will have a big decision to make.