Cifu’s new role

first_imgMiguel Cifuentes ‘Cifu’ returns to the starting point. The brave side of Malaga has been again evicted from the comfort zone and is again forced to row against the current. The appearance of Ismael Casas and the confidence of Sergio Pellicer in the youth squad have relegated him to the substitution, role that did not play for more than a year and a half.But the current situation is not a new one for Granada. Since arriving in Malaga in January 2016, there have been many times when he has not been among the preferences of the different blue and white coaches. In fact, he had to go out in search of minutes to Girona six months after his signing (summer 2016) and in January 2018 he left, also on loan, to Albacete.After relegation to the Second Division and due to the problems the club encountered in restructuring the team, given the high number of high chips in the squad Muñiz ended up betting on him as the team’s first right-back and Cifu responded showing good performance. He had an injury that had him six games out of combat and some ups and downs that promptly brought him to the bench for the benefit of Iván Rodríguez. But ended up playing 25 games and earning his contract renewal until June 30, 2022. This season, with Iván Rodríguez not registered due to the club’s problems with the salary limit, he remained the only right-back of the first team and started again with the indisputable vitola. But after Pellicer’s arrival his status as a holder has been questioned. Some physical problems separated him from Málaga – Numancia on February 9 and the young Ismael Casas took advantage of it to keep the position.In the last five games, Cifu only played the second half in Las Palmas. The rest of the minutes were for Ismael Casas, whom Pellicer knows perfectly from his time in the subsidiary. The coach has high hopes for the youth squad, which at the moment is more than complying. Cifu, once again, has to reinvent himself and overcome the role of substitute.last_img

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