Andoni López Joins Elche On Loan For The 2019/2020 Season
Andoni López is one of the most promising left-backs to come out of Lezama in the last decade. The 23-year-old has always stood out for his strength and positioning, as well as the understand of when to push forward and join the attack. During his two years with Bilbao Athletic, López featured in 72 matches and even made his first-team debut under Kuko Ziganda. However, a permanent role at San Mamés has proved elusive.
The defender spent last summer training with the first team before being sent on loan to Almeria. López put in strong performances in the Segunda but an injury saw him lose his place close to the end of the season. He returned to Athletic for the preseason and was soon told by Gaizka Garitano that he would once again leave on loan in order to have regular minutes and the chance to earn a place in the first team.
Several clubs from the Segunda contacted Athletic with interest and the Lions have finally made a decision. Athletic officially announced on Wednesday that Andoni López has joined Elche on loan for the upcoming season. The move to Valencia will give the defender another opportunity to continue developing and return to Athletic next summer better prepared to fight for his place in the team.