Juan Carlos Valeron has admitted that Deportivo de La Coruna are still not completely ready heading into the new season, but he remains hopeful.
The newly-promoted side have been busy in the transfer market, bringing in over half-a-dozen loan signings in a bid to avoid an immediate return to La Segunda.
Ahead of beginning their Primera campaign at home to Osasuna on Monday evening, vice-captain Valeron has admitted that all the new faces have both an upside and downside that must be acknowledged.
“We are a team that has just come up and it must be taken into account that there are good players here but that the team lacks things, especially with the people who are new and not yet settled,” he told the gathered media today.
“The club has set up a mix of people who are experienced and young, but patience is needed with the young people because they are still progressing.
“The team is almost new and it will take a little time to adjust. But, we will try to make sure that this process that the new people need to go through is unnoticed, so we are not bad enough at the start of the season to fall behind.”
The veteran then reflected on the impending relegation battle that the team may face and what he feels his teammates have as an advantage.
“All the teams from the middle of the table down want the same things, a good start, to get as many points as possible as soon as possible. We all want the same but all are going to get it.
“One of the things we are most happy with is the application of all who have arrived, to see them with enthusiasm and desire to do good things both individually and for the team.
“They are doing things, that cannot be ignored, and hopefully it stays that way all season.”