Oihan Sancet is one the latest attacking talents to come through the Lezama Academy. He broke onto the first-team scene in 2019-20, making 19 senior appearances that season, and Athletic Club fans are raring to see this young starlet fulfil his potential.
Another squad member from the province of Navarre, Oihan joined Athletic as a 15-year-old back in 2015-16. With a major injury in 2018-19 aside, the attacking midfielder progressed through the ranks and in 2019-20 he made his debut as a Lion in the first game of the season against FC Barcelona.
Just turned 21, Oihan still has a lot to learn, but he’s shown enough to get fans excited. He’s a tall, physical player with a burst of pace and a powerful shot. He also has great tactical nous and makes intelligent runs into the box, as he did against RCD Mallorca for his first top-flight goal.
Last season, under the guidance of head coach Marcelino, Sancet began playing in a more advanced position alongside a strike partner. Although it took the youngster time to adjust, the move seems to be paying dividends.
A starter in seven of Athletic’s last eight LaLiga matches of the 2020-21 season, Sancet impressed enough to get a call-up to the Spanish Under-21 squad for the European Championships.
Oihan will look to build on his performances from the tail end of last season, and could become a significant player for coach Marcelino in 2021-22.