Getafe’s Vicente Guaita still looks all set to take up residence between the sticks in SE25 when the 2018/19 season gets underway in August but for now, he remains a key player for the Spanish outfit, helping them to secure a 2-1 win away at Real Sociedad on Saturday.
After agreeing to a pre-contract deal with the Eagles in the final days of the most recent January transfer window, we have every reason to believe that he’ll be playing in red and blue next term but with Getafe having done everything they could to keep him on their books until his contract expires in June, they’ll be elated to see him performing well enough to keep the recently promoted squad in the top half of La Liga with the season drawing to a close.
Saturday’s trip to Sociedad (who went into the game three points worse off than their visitors) was a feisty affair that began in the worst manner possible when the hosts’ striker Willian Jose managed to sneak a well-directed header beyond the reach of Guaita in just the 23rd minute.
On a day when the foul count reached a staggering 32, including 10 yellow cards, Getafe managed to draw themselves level with half-time drawing near thanks to an even more impressive headed effort from centre-back Djene, who capitalised on a little bit of room to power an effort into the back of the net.
It didn’t take long after the break for Getafe to secure all three points with what was undoubtedly the most impressive goal of the day, courtesy of their number nine Angel Rodriguez. After picking the ball out some 40 yards away from goal, he worked himself into shooting range before unleashing a sublimely directed effort into the top right-hand corner of Miguel Angel Moya’s goal and celebrating with the vigour of a man who knew he’d just done something out of the ordinary.
The final 21 minutes of the contest saw an eyebrow-raising seven yellow cards shown as both teams fought tooth and nail to outdo one another but it was Guaita and co. who eventually emerged victorious, with the win putting them on 39 points, 18 clear of the drop zone with nine games left to play.
Although not mathematically guaranteed, they can now surely start planning for another season in the Spanish top flight with the possibility of European football thrown into the bargain if they can haul in sixth placed Villarreal who are now just five points better off.
Vicente Guaita may not have his heart set on extending his stay in Spain but he’ll be leaving a club who find themselves in an extremely stable position heading into the summer months.