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All quiet on the Spanish front thus far for Martin Petrov

Mark Thompson

When current Espanyol manager Javier Aguirre was first hired on November 28, 2012, the club were sitting dead last in La Liga. Since then, Espanyol have played ten league matches, picking up 19 points of a possible 30 and losing only once in that stretch (against Barcelona, mind). Aguirre had the January transfer window to strengthen his squad and one of the moves made was to bring Martin Petrov to the club from Bolton Wanderers. The two had previously worked together when Petrov played for Atletico Madrid with Aguirre his manager.

We wanted to check in with the former Bolton winger, see his progress in Spain, and take a look at his impact on Espanyol. In short, Petrov has not had much of a chance at Espanyol yet, with only a pair of substitue appearances appearances to his name and not much more than that.

Petrov completed his move to Spain (officially) on January 18. Since then, he's been eligible to play in three matches.

He made his debut a week after the move, coming on as a 75th minute substitute for Cristian Gómez, who had himself come on as a substitute just 24 minutes before that. Petrov managed to touch the ball just once in that match as Espanyol and Real Zaragoza played out a scoreless draw.

Martin's second (and thus far only other) chance came in the following match, a 3-2 win at home against Levante. Petrov again came on in the 75th minute and was more involved this time around. He completed 67% of his passes, took 11 touches, and took one shot (which was on target).

The most recent match was Espanyol's 4-0 win away to Athletic Bilbao. Petrov was named to the 18-man squad but was an unused substitute in the win.