AGONAsport Scouting Report: Who is new Olympiacos striker Miguel Angel Guerrero
Olympiacos strengthened their forward line this week, signing striker Miguel Angel Guerrero on a free transfer from Leganes in La Liga. In connection with the news, AGONAsport looks at the Spaniard’s career to date.
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Born in the Spanish city of Toledo, Guerrero started his professional career with Albacete in 2009, initially representing the club’s B outfit. A year later, the forward was upgraded to the first team, making his debut in a match against Recreativo de Huelva in the Segunda División.
In the summer of 2011, he moved clubs for the first time since becoming a senior player, opting to join Sporting Gijon. Having not received many opportunities to display his potential with Albacete, Guerrero was eager for a chance to prove himself, but once again he was assigned to the reserves. Guerrero would eventually spend around two years with Sporting Gijon B, scoring an impressive 29 goals in 51 appearances to earn a spot in the main team.
FIRST TASTE OF LA LIGA
To his credit, Guerrero managed to hold down a place with Sporting Gijon’s A team, staying with the club until 2016. The striker gradually made an impression in his home country, hitting the target on 16 occasions and registering six assists in 94 matches with Gijon. After playing in his maiden La Liga game against Real Madrid in 2015, Guerrero finally scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on October 19 of the same year, smashing in a dramatic late equaliser to snatch a thrilling 3:3 draw with Granada at home.
Guerrero opted to take the next step when his Sporting Gijon contract expired in July 2016, transferring to newly promoted Leganes on a free transfer where he would remain for two seasons. His statistics of a mere nine goals in 53 La Liga matches with Leganes shows he isn’t a player who guarantees plenty of markers, but Guerrero is known for his fighting qualities, often bullying opponents to find space and using his physical attributes to out-muscle defenders. In Spanish, his name means warrior, so it isn’t surprising that he is such a grafter on the pitch. One thing’s for sure - Guerrero will work tirelessly in order to create goalscoring openings for either himself or teammates.
OLYMPIACOS CHOSEN OVER RIVALS
According to reports in Greece, Olympiacos, AEK and PAOK were all interested in acquiring Guerrero’s services after he was available on a free from Leganes, but after weighing up his options, the 27-year old made the move to Piraeus on a three-year contract which has an annual salary of 400,000 euros. In an interview with the Thrylos, Guerrero described Olympiacos as the biggest club in Greece: “I am fully aware of what Olympiacos means, I will play for Greece’s greatest team. I want to help the team win the championship again.”
Interestingly, before sealing the Olympiacos deal, Guerrero has never had experience of playing abroad from his native Spain, meaning it will be fascinating to see how he adapts to the Greek style of game. Given Olympiacos’ terrible 2017/2018 campaign, there will be plenty of pressure on Guerrero to have an impact in Piraeus, something which he probably isn’t used to. Just like he has successfully done in the past, Guerrero will have to demonstrate his determination to win the trust of incoming head coach Pedro Martins and battle for a place in the starting 11.