The value of Yuri Berchiche in Athletic

Iván Martín / ‘The Other Thursday’ Bilbao Radio Bilbao

I believe that not enough value is given to the performance that Yuri Berchiche is offering at Athletic. What’s more, I think that one is not aware of the trajectory that this player has had until Josu Urrutia’s board of directors decided to sign him from PSG.

It is possible that Aduriz or Raúl García are considered the best signings in the club’s history. It’s a good debate. There are those who include Iñigo Martínez.

I would also defend the candidacy of Yuri Berchiche. The 20 million euros that the operation cost, maybe a few more, that of Zarautz is making them profitable in a spectacular way. He was a key player for Garitano. He is and will be a vital player for Marcelino. And that he plays as a left back.

The left-handed defender returned to the rojiblanca discipline, from which he left in the youth category to enroll in Tottenham. It did not come out well from the red and white quarry. Mainly for its behavior, not for its quality.

He had an indomitable character in those years, he was a boy angry with the world. During a match he had an incident with a referee. The club punished him. They forced him, among other things, to sweep the stands of the tribune of the main field of Lezama.

“I made a mistake and they made me pay dearly for it,” Yuri later recalled in an interview. “The punishment was excessive. I got the offer from Tottenham and with the frenzy I had I made the decision to go away, to try”He added.

The bet on the English team did not go well. He even acknowledged in an interview with this newspaper that he considered leaving football. To put it in perspective. He made his way in Valladolid, Real Unión, Eibar and Real Sociedad until his signing for PSG, at the request of Unai Emery
, with whom he will meet again on Sunday. After a season in the French capital, it became one of the reinforcements with the highest economic value that Athletic has made.

I do not understand that Berchiche has not had the opportunity to have debuted with the senior Spanish team. His performance has been to take him into account. Another thing will be the factors that Luis Enrique takes into account to summon players.

And the Asturian usually pulls fit players. It looks like that train has already passed for Zarautz.

It has been weeks in which Yuri has had us worried about his health. The dizziness he suffered against Getafe and Celta, in addition to the vertigo that the club announced in its day after the Covid that happened, always has us in a certain suspense.

. defender acknowledged that he is well and prepared to continue fighting on the left side. Let them be for many years. It won’t be the other Thursday.