Atlético B’s planning for next season is already well underway, with the Rojiblanco reserve side completing two signings Monday to take their total for the summer to four.
Montañeros youngster Ángel Díez became the second goalkeeper to put pen to paper in the last week, and Gaziantepspor defender Cenk Güvenç, another Turk, has also been acquired.
In addition to those two, Moroccan Olympic stopper Yassine Bonou has also joined from WAC Casablanca, and Cadiz defender Tiri, recently named the club’s young player of the year, was brought in a few weeks ago.
The filial, who are likely to be managed by Alfredo Santaelena next season, will see a huge turnover of staff over the summer, with over ten players coming to the end of their contracts as well as current boss Milinko Pantic.
However, sporting director and former first team hero Carlos Aguilera is working hard to build the team for next season, with plenty more new faces expected from both in and outside the club.
Ángel Díez was a team-mate of Jorge Pulido for Spain’s Under-17 side back in 2008, and kept goal for Montañeros at the Cerro del Espino last April in a 2-1 defeat.
With three goalkeepers, Iago, Andrés and Celso, all among those departing, either he or Bonou is expected to take over the number one spot come August.
The other new face, Cenk Güvenç, is also a youth international having played with Turkey’s Under-21 side as well as in the Süper Lig for Gaziantepspor. The centre-back cites Arda Turan as his idol.
Along with the four confirmed signings, a further four have flown out to Peru for the Under-20 Copa Libertadores where they will be trialled with the view to a full time transfer. They have been named by the club as Jesús, Gregorio, Ivo and Lucas, of whom the latter three all started in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to River Plate.
The rest of the team will be made up from the players still contracted, as well as those promoted from the lower categories. Oliver Torres, Thomas (both Juvenil DH) and Kity (Atleti C) are said to be most likely to step up, amongst others.
Atleti B finished just inches outside of the play-off places last season in 5th, and with a major reshuffle evidently taking place, it seems the club is taking promotion to the second tier even more seriously this year.
What do you make of the apparent reformation of our reserve side? Are so many changes necessary given the impressive year under Pantic?