Golden Oldies: The Impact Of The Older Generation On La Liga

In football it’s considered if you are aged 33 or more then your time is up. However according to some players those terms seem to be a myth as it seems that some players are growing stronger with age and some are getting better and better. Experience is everything in today’s world of football, what’s more shocking is that it’s actually the old guys that have impressed rather than the young in this season’s La Liga.

The impact these guys have on their team:

1. Ruben Castro – Real Betis

Real Betis are back in La Liga and their aim is probably to stay up this season. So far they’re achieving that as they find themselves 13th on the log 6 points away from the drop. Their top goal scorer is none other than their fan favorite and hero Ruben Castro. He has scored 13 goals this season and is 34 years old. He’s been involved in 70% of Real Betis goals so far (13 goals & 4 assists x 24/100) again he’s another forward who is showing that age is just a number and his giving Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque a selection headache.

2. Artiz Aduriz – Athletic Club

FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
It looks like he’s only getting better and better with age, however everyone can see this apart from Vicente Del Bosque who continues to be a favoritism coach and ignore him. No coach in his right mind will ignore a player with such quality. Yes, age isn’t on his side but his performances this season is something else. Artiz has scored 4 hattricks this season in all competitions he is only 1 goal away from equalling his La Liga goal tally of last season which was 18. Athletic Club are 6th in La Liga with 41 points and to be honest they wouldn’t be any where near there if it weren’t for Aduriz.

3. Bruno – Villarreal

The quality he demonstrates in the middle of the park for Villarreal is incredible. He’s been so good this season that he’s good enough to get a call up for the Spanish national team. He’s wins possession and drives forward to create chances for his team. He demonstrated his quality against Deportivo when he scored two goals and ensured all three points for Villarreal. 5 goals for a holding midfielder isn’t bad at all.

By Tuta Ilonga, TFN Spanish football expert on 07/03/2016 at 22:40 



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