Last season was Gabri Veiga’s first full season in La Liga, but yet he looked to be one of the brightest midfielders in the league. The 21 year old midfielder had 11 goals, and 4 assists in 36 games making him the 15th highest player in goals + assists in the league. The attacking midfielder was only promoted to the senior squad at the end of the 21/22 season, and now has potential suitors worldwide.
What role did he play at Celta De Vigo?
The 21 Year old midfielder came from the segunda division B last season, where he scored 4 goals in 14 matches. This season his 11 goals were good enough to make him the squads 2nd highest goal scorer behind Iago Aspas who finished one ahead of him. He also managed to finish 1 assist behind the club assist leader, Carlos Perez. Celta de Vigo did not enjoy a successful season under both Eduardo Coudet, and Carlos Carvahlal, but both of these managers are gone from the club heading into next season. They finished 13th , and just a mere 3 points above the relegation zone. Looking into next season, if they manage to hold onto to Gabri Veiga, they will need to make him the star if they want a better chance for success.
His dominance in attack
It showed last season that although he is a midfielder, he can be one of the best attacking players in the league. He scored in the top 90th Percentile in almost all important goal scoring metrics. He had .43 goals/90 minutes, and .58 goal involvements/90 mins. He was performing at practically a goal involvement every other games for a team that barely averaged a goal per match all season long. This meant that Gabri was solely responsible for 35% of all of Celta De Vigo’s goals this season. He also shot on target 59% of the time, and converted 22% if the time which could be interpreted as true goal scoring instincts.
What did he offer defensively?
When it comes to a player that is receiving so much credit for their attacking output, it’s important to analyze the rest of their game as well. He was particularly strong facing ground duels last season with 138 won on 280 seen. Apart from that, there are definitely areas to improve on defensively. He was dribbled past more than once every single game, and rarely won aerial duels. While this is an are to improve on, playing on a team that tactically was also poor defensively.
Where to keep watch for him.
Gabri Viega is definitely one to watch next season whether or not he makes a big move away from the club this season. There are several teams interested in the premier league, such as Newcastle, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal. There are also La Liga teams interested, but all of this attention was expected after the season he had. You can also find him representing Spain’s U21 team starting on June 21st. His 30 Million euro value may be the best price you’ll get him for a century to come.