Copa Del Rey 2012-13: Players to Watch in Remaining Fourth-Round Games

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 28: Mesut Ozil (L) of Real Madrid breaks away from Aranda of Real Zaragoza during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 28, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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The fourth round of the 2012 Copa Del Rey is nearly over with the Round of 16 looming as the next step for the best remaining teams.

With four games remaining in the fourth round, there's still time to catch a few exciting matches. That also means several exciting players will take the field, looking to help their teams earn a last-minute win.

You won't find any elite sides competing in the final days of the fourth round, but obsessed fans will still tune in.

Let's look at three players to keep your eye on while you're at it.


Carlos Aranda, Real Zaragoza

Aranda has one goal in Copa Del Rey competition so far, even though he mostly plays as a substitute attacker.

Real Zaragoza will have a chance to expose a weak Granada defense on Thursday, but the scoring doesn't have to solely come from the starting 11. Aranda's precise touches and dangerous striking ability will make him a threat late in the game.

He usually comes on about midway through the second half, giving him plenty of time to find his groove before the game is over. He doesn't have a goal in La Liga competition just yet, but he's still a threat to find the net.

Aranda isn't a big name, but he's looked great in reserve action so far in the Copa Del Rey. He could provide the boost that his team needs if the game remains close.


Pedro Tunon Geromel, Mallorca

Geromel does have one goal in the Copa Del Rey, but that's not what he does best. His job will be to make sure Deportivo La Coruna doesn't find the back of the net.

Coruna is near the bottom of the La Liga table, but its offense hasn't been the issue. Players like Riki and Pizzi are both extremely dangerous in the offensive third, and they must be contained.

Geromel will be part of the unit charged with that responsibility. He is solid when it comes to advancing the ball up the field, but Mallorca is going to need to keep this game low scoring if they wish to earn a victory on Thursday.

Keeping balls out of the defensive third is the first priority, but Geromel must pressure Coruna's attack when the time comes. If he sees openings up the field, he can take them but only after all threats are neutralized in his own zone.

He's not a flashy player, but Geromel is a talented defender.


Markel Susaeta, Athletic Bilbao

Susaeta is an exciting player in Athletic's midfield. At just 24 years old, he still has room to grow as well.

With five points in La Liga play so far, Susaeta carries a reputation into Copa Del Rey. He hasn't found the net yet, but he's more than capable of scoring a big point.

Athletic's competition versus Eibar was postponed on Wednesday, pushing it back until December 12. That gives each team more time to prepare, but it doesn't take away from the gameplay. Eibar is still completely overmatched, and that should allow Athletic's players to show their stuff.

Susaeta is fun to watch. He's creative in the open field, and he understands how to facilitate the offense. He's also a lethal shooter from long range.

This match won't be close, but Susaeta is worth watching either way.