PLAYER PROFILE - Enaut ZUBIKARAI GONI
Goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai Goni is a major signing for Auckland City FC picked up after his professional contract came to a close in the last year.
Vastly experienced having played for Real Sociedad in La Liga and in the UEFA Champions League, Zubikarai is eager to make an impression during his time at Auckland City FC.
He made his debut for the club in a pre-season friendly with Melbourne City FC when the Navy Blues defeated an 'A' side 5-1 in Spetember 2016, Zubikarai has an impeccable work ethic and his bravery, strength and reflexes are among his key assets.
Zubikarai, like most goalkeepers in the modern game, is very comfortable with the ball at feet but also commands his penalty area with a physical presence that demands respect.
Considers Ion Ansoteqi of RCD Mallorca as the best player he has faced while his current favourite player is Real Sociedad defender and club legend Mikel Gonzalez.
Both players played centreback with Zubikarai during a period where he was number two behind Claudio Bravo, the current Manchester City and Chile goalkeeper.
Now in his second season with Auckland City FC, he lists captain and team-mate Angel Berlanga as his favourite local player.