There is something beautiful about watching an immensely talented player in a side struggling to perform. While one would love to watch the wizardry of the top teams with top players, watching a player doing it all on his own for a team in despair shows us the limit of a player’s capabilities. A perfect example of this in the current season is Ivan Fresneda Corraliza, the man currently helping Real Valladolid avoid relegation by just one point.
In a season where the Pucelanos have massively struggled, the 18-year-old has been like a fresh breath of air, playing with fearlessness and maturity far beyond his age. And this now invoked interest from Europe’s top clubs in which Arsenal are believed to be the front-runner. The Gunners are looking to bolster their midfield and defence, which is why they are chasing Fresneda and the talented Moises Caicedo from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Acquiring a talent like Fresneda will be a significant coup for any club and will ensure they have a world-class presence on the right flank for years to come.
Ivan Fresneda career stats
Ivan Fresneda’s youth career was spent at several clubs, including Real Madrid, Leganes and his current club, Real Valladolid. However, he only came to notice at Valladolid. In the 2021-22 season, he played eight times for the reserved team in the Primera Federación- Grupo I, the fourth-tier of Spanish football.
He also played one game in La Liga 2. His performances were so impressive that it caught the eyes of manager Jose Rojo Martín famously known as Pacheta. The head coach called him to train with the main square in December 2021, which showed how highly the club rated him. And his senior team debut came just a month later in the Copa Del Rey in a 3-0 loss to Real Betis.
In the same season, he was also called up to Spain’s under-20 national squad, where he played two matches against Morocco, helping his team win 2-0 in the first and a 1-1 draw in the second.
By the time the current season started, it was clear that Frsneda was more than ready for the first time. His league debut came on September 5, 2022, against Girona. Fresneda did not start the match and only played after…