Only two months have been enough for Eugeni Valderrama to be more than clear that at Real Zaragoza he has found his place, the place to recover his best version, the one he gave in Albacete in 18-19the one that knows that it can repeat and even improve if it feels important and protagonist. On Tuesday he admitted that at Zaragoza he felt that way. The numbers say it, the seven consecutive starts that JIM has given him, all since he did not play in Ibiza when he just landed, to go further in the physical section and take gallons, but it is further reaffirmed by the sensations that the footballer has, that undeniable talent that leads him to look for a dick in the area against the Fuenlabrada when the lights go out for others.
In Eugeni lives an introverted personality, but with character and the ability to be a reference in a wardrobe full of youth and in which the Tarragona midfielder already feels that he is providing an example and experience at 27 years old. If Eugeni feels protagonist and important, his football flows. This is how Ramis made him feel at Albacete and he gave eight goals and four assists in a team that reached the ‘playoff’ and where the midfielder was already left with the role of idol of that tier before returning to Huesca. The midfielder already looks close to that football level. And he feels loved and a protagonist, knowing well where he is and the demands that Zaragoza requires.
Jimwho has blind faithIt has given him freedom of movement in attack, to receive between the lines and demanding that he be vertical, that he give the team that last pass that is so decisive, in addition to set pieces, a facet in which Zaragoza has improved substantially with his arrival. Eugeni also feels that the Alicante coach’s style fits him like a glove and he looks important in the locker room, another key factor that his coaches have always pointed out as essential for him to play his football.
Raised in the Barcelona youth academy, from Deulofeu’s generation, Eugeni really began to show his good level at Badalona, although he made the leap with Curro Torres at the Mestalla. There he argued with him and sometimes he even beat Carlos Soler. It is not a small thing. Huesca signed him, he left in Albacete and when he returned to El Alcoraz he went from more to less, leaving with a bad taste in his mouth after a season in the elite without opportunities.
He did not take it off in Arouca in the Portuguese elite. There he started at a good level and being important, but a foot injury and covid made him lose his way against coach Armando Evangelista, that he did not return the role that he gave him at the beginning of the course so that Eugeni only saw leaving as an option. He did not think about it when he received the call from Zaragoza in a low salary cost signing, which aroused misgivings due to the drop in level in recent times and of which he was aware, until 2024 and in which the footballer only saw the sports section, the project. Now, he feels that he found his place so that his soccer can shine again like in Carlos Belmonte. Or more. And to fulfill his contract and return Zaragoza to First Division at that time.