Football, like life, takes many turns and what was black yesterday is white today. The experience you are living Aihen Munoz In these first months of the season, many other players in the history of this sport have already starred in it, including at La Real, and he confirms that giving up is never an option since you never know when the wind direction may change. In the case of the Navarrese left-back, almost overnight. From being transferable in the month of June, it has become part of the untouchables club to Imanol Sheriff in this garter boot. So much so that you have to cross your fingers so that you do not catch a cold since it has no natural substitute in the template.
At the moment Muñoz He has become the second most used outfield player by Imanol. Only the indestructible Le Normand surpasses him, a true oracle in defense for the Real coach. Aihen he was substituted against Rayo Vallecano in the 88th minute and those are the only two minutes of the entire League that he has not played. He also did not complete the Europa League game, in this case because he had a yellow card and the threat that he would be sent off was latent since he faced Madueke, one of the most dangerous players in PSV.
There are only five footballers, in addition to Remiro, who have played all five league games as starters. Those mentioned Le normand and Aihen, Oyarzabal, Aritz and Merino. Zubimendi, Gorosabel and For your They have also participated in the five days, albeit with uneven timing, especially in the case of the Murcian who narrowly exceeded 50% of the 450 minutes. Muñoz, as is obvious, it would also be part of the ‘eleven’ type by minutes played to date that would form Remiro; Gorosabel, Aritz, Le Normand, Aihen; Zubimendi, Merino, Silva; Portu, Oyarzabal and Isak.
In January, three years after his debut
Aihen had not chained six consecutive games since the end of the 18/19 season, when he played the last seven games, which he also chained with the first three of the 19/20 season. After the San Mamés derby (2-0), in which he did not have a good performance, Monreal arrived and, from that moment, his entries in the team have been irregular, almost always coinciding with some physical problem of the former player. Arsenal or to give you rest. January 2019 will mark three years since his debut with victory at the Bernabéu and in this time he has played 56 games (47 in the League, 6 in the Cup and 3 in the Europa League).
Right now, no substitute
The relevance that Etxauri’s side has acquired in Imanol’s plans has been so unexpected that it has become a problem since, waiting for him to recover Diego Rico, the Real has no relief for Muñoz. The former Leganés and Bournemouth still does not train with the team, so it seems difficult that he can reappear in the next four games, the last before the break, in which Aihen you will have to make an effort, crossing your fingers so as not to suffer any physical problems. At the end of last season, in fact, he missed the last nine games after injuring himself in the derby after winning the Cup. The Navarrese made an effort to be available in La Cartuja and four days later, also against Athletic in Anoeta, broke for good, so he said goodbye to the season.
Aihen, who turned 24 in August and ends his contract in January 2022, is signing a remarkable start to the season. Much harder in duels and in defense and with another determination in attack, these good performances and the unknown that represents the physical state of Monreal they have not yet led the Real to change its mind. In January, just like Januzaj, will be free to sign with another club but from Anoeta, for the moment, they have not transferred to the footballer their intention to speak about a hypothetical renewal of his contract. You will have to keep earning it on the basis of good performances.