Lions planning for the future

It’s been a tough season for Lions, currently sitting bottom of the Premier Division with 21 games played and only two wins to their name. Despite having a squad which is mainly experienced in Gibraltar football, it just hasn’t clicked for Albert Ferri’s men.

After that famous 4th placed finish in the 2015-16, Lions have finished 8th in the table for two consecutive seasons. Financial constraints have played a big part in their downfall, with the money in Gibraltar football getting bigger and bigger; Lions haven’t been able to keep up.

With the news coming out of the two leagues merging, Lions have used this current one as a way of bleeding through their young talent and giving them a teaser of what is to come next season. Lions have used 20 HGP’s this season, 5 more than the nearest team, and have given 8695 minutes to locals, 905 minutes more than Lincoln in 2nd, and it is 13.7% of the total minutes played by HGP’s this season.

Lions were defeated 5-1 by league leaders Lincoln Red Imps yesterday. Despite taking the lead through captain Alberto Caravaca, the Imps stepped things up and ran out comfortable winners in the end. Most notably, Ferri fielded seven home-grown players and finished the game with eight.

James Parkinson may not a household name, but he has been a regular for Lions this season and made his Gibraltar U21 debut against Cyprus last week. Other young players like Craig Bossano-Anes, John Paul Hernandez, Louis Parral, Brendan Ramagge and Jordan Carnegie have all been given minutes in Premier – alongside the more experienced folk such as Shea Breakspear, James Bosio and Kaylan Rumbo (just to name a few).

The direction of Lions is clear and one which many teams will potentially follow and it is a direction the Gibraltar national teams will benefit from.

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