The young midfielder has impressed in the LaLiga this season
Gabriel “Gabri” Veiga Novas, a central midfielder for RC Celta de Vigo, was born on May 27, 2002. He is a Spanish professional football player.
The 20-year-old, who began the 2022–23 season as a member of the club’s “B” team, has somewhat of a breakout season in LaLiga. In Sunday’s 3-0 home victory over Real Valladolid, Veiga was a key player, scoring twice after assisting on Haris Seferovic’s first goal.
The Spain Under-21 international’s game-winning performance brings his season total to eight goals and three assists throughout his 22 LaLiga matches.
Despite Veiga’s contract with Celta running through June 2026, the LaLiga team is allegedly aware that it might be challenging to hold onto one of their best assets during the upcoming summer transfer window.
What will Gabri Veiga bring to the table for Celta Vigo?
Veiga is only 20 years old, so there is still lots of possibility for improvement. Hence, it is not difficult to comprehend why he has already drawn interest from some of Spain’s top clubs. It is important to note that Celta Vigo has not been a particularly strong team this season, making the young player’s performances all the more impressive.
He is just 20-year-old and it will remain to be seen for how long he can stay at Celta given many clubs are already knocking on the clubs on top of that the Spanish side have been poor this season and won’t have the hold of the player for much longer. Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal have both shown interest in the youngster.
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The playing style of Gabri Vega
He primarily plays as the right sided “8” in a 5-3-2 or 4-4-2 formation. On occasion, Veiga began as a 6 with a partner when Coudet lined up his team in a 4-4-2.
Veiga isn’t very impressive when compared to other “number 8s” in terms of ball progression; he only had 4.82 progressive passes for every 90, while veterans the likes of Toni Kroos and players like Dani Parejo from Valencia, Luka Modric from Real Madrid, and Mikel Merino from Sociedad all had more. But it can be said the youngster will only get better with time.
Veiga wasn’t a deep player who stayed close to the central defenders, thus that could be one cause. He wanted to be up high on the pitch instead. Also, the context of the various teams these players are representing must be taken into account.
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