Juan Artola Off To Exciting Start In Debut Season With Bilbao Athletic
A lot has changed at Bilbao Athletic. Not only is there a new manager in Joseba Etxeberria but the squad looks vastly different to that of last season. Asier Villalibre, Iñigo Vicente, and Gaizka Larrazabal have all moved up which left key holes that needed to be filled. As is usually the case, many players were promoted from CD Basconia and, as expected, a few have already made their presence felt in the Segunda B.
Several players have made their Bilbao Athletic debuts this season but none have impressed quite like Juan Artola. The young winger was one of the standout players for the special Juvenil team of two years ago, along with Oihan Sancet and others, and has made the most of his chances after overcoming an injury in the preseason. Artola has quickly acclimated to a more demanding league and is showing all the quality that has made him a top prospect for Athletic.
The 19-year-old is fearless when taking on defenders. He’s explosive, creative, and excellent with the ball at his feet. While his dribbling and pace cause constant problems for defenders, Artola is also capable of setting up chances with great vision and passing and is a natural finisher. In five appearances so far this season the winger has scored 4 goals, just one shy of his entire tally from last season with Basconia, and has quickly established himself as a starter and key player for the Kumeak.
It’s been evident for years that Artola has a bright future ahead. The Lezama product has all the traits and quality needed to one day reach the first team as well as the confidence that is vitally important for every young footballer. Juan Artola’s first season with Bilbao Athletic has already been full of excitement and he’s continuing to show that he has the potential to become a very special player.