Young central midfielder Unai Vencedor came to Athletic Club via the Santutxu FC youth system. Unai, who grew up in Bilbao, made his proper breakthrough in 2020-21, making a total of 36 first-team appearances.
However, Vencedor made his LaLiga debut against Osasuna in 2019-20 when an injury crisis meant Athletic were short of centre-midfielders. And he was very close to making the perfect start, hitting the woodwork with a free-kick.
Unai became an important part of the squad in 2020-21, starting both matches as Athletic beat Real Madrid and FC Barcelona to win the Super Cup.
A serious and hard-working professional, Unai is very comfortable in possession, likes to dictate tempo from the middle and is constantly looking for through-ball opportunities.
Last season, Vencedor showed he has the potential to be a vital member of the first-team squad for many seasons to come.
He recently signed a new deal keeping him at Athletic until 2025 at least. Never one to shirk a challenge, Vencedor will look to take another step forward this season and cement his place as a regular starter for Marcelino.