Jose Naranjo – Celta Vigo’s latest signing

On 20th July 2016 by Kieran

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Scoring a total of 15 goals in 36 performances (twenty-nine league starts, seven as a substitute) for Spanish Segunda division side Gimnàstic de Tarragona last season, Jose Naranjo gained a fair amount of interest from clubs including Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Real Betis and Celta de Vigo.

Naranjo ultimately opted for a top flight team in the form of Galician side Celta de Vigo. Shortly after signing for Vigo, he appeared on Radio Marca Vigo, expressing  “Celta is the more suited club for me because of its football. When they asked me to play here I was sure, I just thought I wanted to come here. It’s a great team and it plays really good football. So that’s great for me. With Europa League football also available with Celta de Vigo this season, it may have made the option to join Vigo an even more attractive offer.


With Nolito having recently left for Manchester City, only 4 attackers remain within the Vigo squad, therefore leaving an opportunity for Naranjo to secure himself a place within the first team early into his career at the Galician club.

Naranjo is capable of playing in multiple positions across the attacking line, having played on the left wing and as a striker for Gimnàstic de Tarragona in his one and only season at the Catalan side.

During that season, Naranjo finished top scorer, bagging 15 league goals in total for the side. His speed and movement, playing a large part in doing so. The young Spaniard’s link up play with others across the Tarragona attacking line up was key, something that he will look to replicate next season at Vigo when given his chance.

The 21-year-old started games both on the left wing, as an inverted winger, as well as a centre-forward other matches. As an inverted winger it allowed Naranjo to cut inside onto his preferred right foot. Although having scored successfully from long shots outside of the box on several occasions, Jose was more than often seen linking up with teammates, and using his superb movement to continue his run deeper into the opposition defence to find a more suitable position to either assist a teammate, or find the goal himself.

Whilst as a striker, Naranjo is often the focal point of the attack. Being not only physical but having great aerial ability and control, this often leads to his teammates to playing through him. Despite not being the biggest of player, Naranjo is capable of holding his own against opposition defenders. Enabling him to not only hold up the ball for teammates to join the attack, but to battle his way through the defence. Using both his strength, pace and exceptional control to dribble with ease.

Jose will suit the play style of Eduardo Berizzo’s side very well. Fast counter-attacking football, usually through the wings is something that Naranjo will be familiar with from his previous season at Gimnàstic de Tarragona. Berizzo will be sure to utilise the pace and strength of the 21-year-old on the wings with the possibility of filling in as the lone striker in Celta’s attack if necessary.

Naranjo’s future at Celta de Vigo looks a bright one. He will be in contention to play a number of roles across the Galician side’s attack. With one of Vigo’s four other attackers coming in the form of 20-year-old Theo Bongonda (who often plays on the left wing) offering healthy competition for a place in the starting eleven. Versatile Anderlecht attacker Dennis Praet is thought to be a transfer target of Celta will provide further options for Celta in the attack.

Coming to Celta, off the back of a superb season at Gimnastic de Tarragona, Jose Naranjo should definitely be given his chance to prove his worth in the first team. If he takes this opportunities as they come, he will be a regular figure in both Celta de Vigo’s La Liga and Europa League campaigns. A promising young striker who has the potential to rise to prominence. However, it would not be unlikely of Celta Vigo to sell him on soon after.

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