Borja Bastón

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Borja
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Borja playing for Deportivo in 2013
Personal information
Full name Borja González Tomás[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Alavés
(on loan from Swansea City)
Number 18
Youth career
1996–2009 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid B 37 (16)
2010–2016 Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
2011–2012Murcia (loan) 20 (4)
2012–2013Huesca (loan) 31 (9)
2013–2014Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 34 (10)
2014–2015Zaragoza (loan) 38 (22)
2015–2016Eibar (loan) 36 (18)
2016– Swansea City 18 (1)
2017–2018Málaga (loan) 20 (2)
2018–Alavés (loan) 2 (1)
National team
2008 Spain U16 3 (6)
2008–2009 Spain U17 22 (12)
2011 Spain U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 September 2018

Borja González Tomás (born 25 August 1992), known simply as Borja and sometimes nicknamed Bastón, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Deportivo Alavés, on loan from Welsh club Swansea City.

Trained at Atlético Madrid, he spent much of his tenure out on loan, including successful spells at Deportivo and Zaragoza in Segunda División.

Borja earned 27 caps and scored 18 goals for Spain at youth level, finishing as top scorer at the 2009 U-17 World Cup and winning the European Under-19 Championship two years later.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Born in Madrid, Borja arrived in his hometown club Atlético Madrid's youth system at the age of four. He began as a goalkeeper, the position which his father played professionally, but he converted him to a forward so that he could enjoy the game more.[2] He made his senior debuts in the 2009–10 season, scoring 12 goals for the reserve team in the third division.

On 15 May 2010, in the campaign's last round, Borja made his first-team and La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for Tiago in the 58th minute of the match against Getafe. Twenty minutes later, however, he was stretchered off with a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury on his left knee, in an eventual 0–3 home loss.[3]

Seven months after his injury, Borja re-appeared with Atlético B, as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Cacereño. After the match, he stated: "I'm very happy. I've passed really bad times and I've suffered, but now I'm prepared to help the team go up in the league table."[4]

In late August 2011 Borja was loaned to Real Murcia, freshly promoted to the second level.[5] On 30 August of the following year he moved to Huesca also in a temporary deal,[6] scoring nine times for the latter during the season as it ended in relegation. On 27 January 2013, he netted in a 2–1 success at Numancia but was also sent off for a second yellow card.[7]

On 28 August 2013, Borja joined Deportivo de La Coruña on a two-year loan.[8][9] After helping his team return to the main tier at the first attempt, he moved to fellow league club Real Zaragoza also in a temporary deal,[10] scoring 22 goals in the regular season, contributing to his team's run to the promotion play-off final and earning a spot in the Team of the Season.[11]

On 31 July 2015, Borja was loaned to Eibar in the top flight.[12] He scored his first goals in the competition on 23 September, helping to a 2–2 draw at Levante.[13] He was named the La Liga Player of the Month for October, for his goals against Las Palmas, Sevilla and Barcelona.[14]

Swansea City[edit]

On 11 August 2016, Swansea City signed Borja on a four-year contract for a club record fee of £15.5 million.[15][16] He made his debut in the Premier League on 18 September under Francesco Guidolin, replacing Jack Cork for the final eight minutes of a 0–1 loss at Southampton.[17] He scored his first goal on 15 October again off the bench, in a 2–3 defeat away to Arsenal in new manager Bob Bradley's first game in charge.[18]

Having started just four matches and not added any more goals as the Swans avoided relegation, Borja entered talks in May 2017 with manager Paul Clement and the board of directors over his future.[19] On 4 July 2017, he was loaned to Málaga in La Liga for one year.[20] Both Málaga and Swansea were relegated from their respective divisions.[21][22]

Borja was loaned again on 16 July 2018, joining Deportivo Alavés also in the Spanish top tier.[23]

International career[edit]

Borja represented Spain's under-17 at the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria. As the national team finally finished in third position he won the Golden Boot with five goals, with teammate Sergi Roberto adding three.[24]

With the under-19 team, Borja won the 2011 UEFA European Championship in Romania, but was a support player in a side favouring Álvaro Morata and Juanmi.

Personal life[edit]

Borja's father, Miguel Bastón, was also a footballer. A goalkeeper, he also played with Atlético – but only with its reserves – and spent most of his career with Real Burgos CF.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 27 January 2018[25][26]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid B 2009–10 Segunda División B 23 12 23 12
2010–11 Segunda División B 14 4 14 4
Total 37 16 37 16
Atlético Madrid 2009–10 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Murcia (loan) 2011–12 Segunda División 20 4 1 0 21 4
Huesca (loan) 2012–13 Segunda División 31 9 1 0 32 9
Deportivo (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División 34 10 0 0 34 10
Zaragoza (loan) 2014–15 Segunda División 38 22 1 0 1 0 40 22
Eibar (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 36 18 3 1 39 19
Swansea City 2016–17 Premier League 18 1 1 0 1 0 20 1
Málaga (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 16 2 0 0 16 2
Career total 229 82 7 1 1 0 1 0 238 83

Honours[edit]

Spain U17

Spain U19

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Barreiros, Pedro (3 September 2013). "Bastón vuelve a Riazor" [Bastón returns to Riazor]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Getafe secure Europa League spot". ESPN Soccernet. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Borja: "2011 será uno de mis mejores años"" [Borja: "2011 will be one of my best years"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 21 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Borja González refuerza la delantera grana" [Borja González strengthens grana offence] (in Spanish). Los Pimentoneros. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Borja jugará cedido en el Huesca esta temporada" [Borja will play on loan in Huesca this season]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 August 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "El Huesca aprovecha los errores del Numancia" [Huesca take advantage of Numancia's mistakes]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 January 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Borja Bastón: Juan Carlos me habló increíblemente bien de la ciudad y del club" [Borja Bastón: Juan Carlos spoke incredibly well about the city and the club to me] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Borja jugará cedido en el Deportivo de la Coruña" [Borja will play on loan in Deportivo de La Coruña] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "El Real Zaragoza consigue la cesión del delantero Borja" [Real Zaragoza get the loan of forward Borja] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "El once ideal de la Liga Adelante" [The Ideal XI in the Liga Adelante]. Sport (in Spanish). 23 June 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Borja Bastón llega cedido a SD Eibar" [Borja Bastón arrives on loan at SD Eibar] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. 31 July 2015. Archived from the original on 6 August 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Martínez, Jonathan (23 September 2015). "Deyverson salva los muebles" [Deyverson saves their bacon]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Borja Bastón named Liga BBVA Player of the Month for October". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Swansea City agree club record fee for Atlético Madrid striker Borja Bastón". The Guardian. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Swans clinch club-record signing of Borja". Swansea City A.F.C. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Charlie Austin goal against Swansea gives Southampton first league win". The Guardian. 18 September 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Bradley suffers defeat in Swansea debut". The Sports Network. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Borja Baston: Manager Paul Clement to consider Swansea City striker's future". BBC Sport. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Borja Baston: Swansea City striker joins Malaga on season long loan deal". BBC Sport. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  21. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (14 May 2018). "Swansea City 1–2 Stoke City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  22. ^ Adam Storer (18 May 2018). "How Málaga went from rags to riches to relegation". These Football Times. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  23. ^ "Swansea striker Borja Baston joins Spanish side Alaves on loan". Sky Sports. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  24. ^ Borja BastónFIFA competition record
  25. ^ "Borja Bastón: Borja González Tomás". BDFutbol. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  26. ^ Borja Bastón at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2016.

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