Javier Sanchez Broto identifies Hector Bellerin as a threat to Celtic

By Euan Davidson

September 15, 2021

Former Celtic goalkeeper Javier Sanchez Broto has identified Hector Bellerin as a player to watch closely tomorrow night.

Bellerin, on loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, impressed on his debut against Granada. A constant attacking threat, the stylish right-back played an inverted full-back role, providing creative support for the Andalusian side.

Sanchez Broto, who enjoyed a brief spell with Celtic in 2003, was part of the squad that went to Seville. Now keeping a close eye on football in his homeland, the ex-Zaragoza and Villarreal stopper has briefed the Bhoys on Betis.

Sanchez Broto said [Daily Record]:

“Bellerin has come in this summer. The players who come in from England are normally important. La Liga is one of the top leagues in the world but the players who come in from the English Premier League play a different type of football and it gives a good mix.

“It helps teams become better and more used to the physical side. And they can add that to the technical side of things where Spanish teams are really strong.”

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Arsenal talent Hector Bellerin could be a danger man Celtic will need to watch

Ah, how fashionable the inverted full-back has become.

Somewhat oddly jettisoned by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, Bellerin’s future with the Gunner seems in doubt. That’s despite making 239 appearances in the Red and White [Transfermarkt].

Their loss is very much Betis’ gain. Sanchez Broto is right; Bellerin offers something a bit different for Pellegrini’s side.

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Against Granada, Bellerin was influential. Cutting into the middle, he made incisive, defence-splitting passes, dribbled successfully and committed well in the tackle. For a debut, it was most impressive.

Betis have threats across the pitch, of course. Nabil Fekir, Cristian Tello, Rodri Sanchez and midfield mainstay Guido Rodriguez are all talented players.

However, Bellerin is more than capable defensively. And he can create that unexpected bit of magic in attack, with excellent vision and reading of the game.

Certainly, he’s someone Celtic will have to nullify to beat Betis.

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