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Hinchas y Jugadores - Huesca with Jaime Cajal Omella (19th May, 2017)

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How long have you been a fan of Huesca and what made you support them in the first place?

I have been a follower of Huesca since I was very young. At the age of 5 or 6 we would go to the country with my friends. We used to get bored soon, and in the middle of the game we preferred to go out to the parking lot to play ourselves rather than watch the game. From then until now, with its highs and lows. It was not easy a few years ago to continue to Huesca. I remember watching TV to see how the team was or follow the re-transmissions of HIT Radio, the only medium that followed the team during the hardest years.

Given the transfer windows and the squad that was assembled at the start of the season, is Huesca where you want it to be?


The season of Huesca has been historical. No one at the beginning of the season could dream of something like that. Being fighting for the playoff at this stage of the season, against teams like Cádiz, Tenerife, Getafe or Oviedo is incredible. No one expected it and neither did I. After a complicated summer market, where important players such as Machís and Fran Mérida were sold, the club has managed to set up a great squad, led by a great coach, Anquela, who created much of the team's success. With the permanence, the main objective of the season, already in the pocket, now you can only ask the team to fight to the end and the fans enjoy it, because what we are experiencing this year may not be seen again!

Of the signings made this season, which one worked out the best/had the most impact and why?

The most important signing of this season I think it was Gonzalo Melero. When he arrived, from Ponferradina, I had many doubts. I saw a player too soft for the league. But with the passing of the games he has made me see that I was wrong, he has grown a lot and he has become, probably, the best player of the team. Together with Aguilera, they form in the center of the field an essential partner for Huesca.

He has quality, personality, lots of presence on the pitch and goal. Although Huesca wants him to stay on the team next year, I think it will be complicated.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of Huesca this season? Any standout players?

The biggest strength of Huesca is the block. Anquela has managed to create a very united team, who knows how to play and wants to win. The coach is knowing how to make the most of his players and that is key. Everyone who plays gives 100% and has known how to exploit players like Samu Sáiz or Álvaro Vadillo, who have a very high level, which seemed hidden.

The weak point is scoring goals. The team has a hard time with the forwards. In fact, the midfielders are scoring many more goals. With a striker to secure 15 goals per season, the Huesca squad this season could have easily been promoted.

List some things you appreciate and some things you can’t stand about the club management.

For many years I have been very critical of the social management carried out by the club. However, a couple of months ago, since there has been a radical change in the directive, placing itself among the clubs that best handles the social field of the category. It has been a very important and necessary change. Huesca is a small city and the club needs to attract as many people as possible and not reject them, as was done until recently.

In the rest of the aspects, mainly the economic one, the management is simply exemplary.

That, coupled with this year's amazing sports management, is allowing us to live a historic season.

What has the mood among the fans been during the campaign? Do you generally agree/disagree with them?

As it can never happen again, the team is living a dream this year. The team leaves everything on the field, plays good football and the results accompany it. It is impossible not to be to happy with these players and the coach. Never in Huesca had there been anything like what is happening this season and the fans are delighted.

Even the most optimistic of fans couldn't have dreamed of such a season. The objective of Huesca is permanence and now we are struggling to ascend. A dream!

Are there any talented youngsters at the club that you expect to have a big future?

In the template of Huesca there are several young players who are very likely to have the level to jump the category. Above all is Samu, this summer he is sure to end up in a top-notch team. He is one of the best players of Second Division. Then, by age, I think Akapo and Melero have the ability to reach the First Division. Then there is Vadillo, who has already played in the first division with Betis and the injuries made him disappear from the football landscape of the highest level. In Huesca it seems that he has regained his confidence and will probably be able to return to the elite of football.

Finally, predicted finish for Huesca?

I think Huesca will not be able to keep up with the great teams that are fighting for the playoffs. And so I think the azulgrana will find themselves between 7th and 10th.

A position that anyone would have signed at the beginning of the season.

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