Getafe vs Valencia CF

Jan, 22 / 21:30 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 07 2018

Mestalla is in love with Goncalo Guedes

Whenever he has the ball there is danger, and he boasts the best chance-per-minute ratio in the squad

There are footballers that can excite, and that is exactly what Goncalo Guedes is doing this season with some fantastic statistics to show for it. Valencia CF fans, too, are in love with him. He is a different player, with speed and top quality, he is explosive and intelligent with his movement. He is brave enough to try his luck in one-versus-one situations and he has an eye for goal too. Guedes is well on his way to recording his best stats as a full professional, and he is happy at Valencia CF while enjoying a brilliant honeymoon period.

Given the freedom that he has, Mestalla was regularly up on their feet when Guedes sped beyond Pablo Maffeo against Girona FC on Saturday. While looking for a final ball, his cross cannoned off Jonas Ramalho and into the back of the net, which meant that it didn’t go down as his goal. Although he didn’t score, it helped Valencia CF on their way to their first comeback victory of the season. Every time that Guedes picked up possession he was capable of doing something magical, leaving his marker behind with ease, leaving plenty open mouthed - but always offering solutions to help the team as a whole. He excites Mestalla, but not only in theory, on paper too. His stats reflect his importance to the team, and he is the player that has needed the least minutes on average to create a goalscoring opportunity.

In LaLiga, Guedes has created 25 chances, which has only been beaten by the 36 of Dani Parejo. The captain, meanwhile, needs 42 minutes to create an opportunity, where the Portuguese winger needs just 39. Up until this point he has featured in 14 league games, participating in nine goals in the process, scoring three goals and providing five assists, as well as the own goal he forced on Saturday. After his phenomenal showing versus Sevilla FC, where he scored twice, against Girona he was back to his decisive best after creating three chances and having three efforts himself.

Guedes is on his way to his best professional season, he is happy and Mestalla adores him. “I feel very good on the field, after the operation I felt a little bit scared because I had a screw put in, but it has always gone out of my mind,” the Portuguese explained post-match. On the pitch, he can feel the love of the fans, as he told A Bola recently: “When the fans sing my name, you have to maintain a very high level of performance and work daily to keep having their support,” he said.