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Suso Santana

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Jesús Manuel Santana Abreu ‘aka’ Suso Santana (2 March 1985) is a Spanish footballer who plays for CD Tenerife in Spain’s Liga Adelante as a right winger.

Suso Santana began his professional career at local CD Tenerife, signing in 2002 with its youth system. Early on, he was loaned to Tercera División sides Atlético Arona and AD Laguna, in order to gain experience.

Suso played one full season with his main club, in Segunda División, but opportunities continued to be limited for him in Tenerife’s first team, and another two loan spells ensued, now with Segunda División B teams CD San Isidro and UD Fuerteventura. With the former he finished as top scorer in the 2008–09 campaign, with nine goals from the right side of midfield, although the club would be relegated for financial problems.

Suso played one full season with his main club, in Segunda División, but opportunities continued to be limited for him in Tenerife’s first team, and another two loan spells ensued, now with Segunda División B teams CD San Isidro and UD Fuerteventura. With the former he finished as top scorer in the 2008–09 campaign, with nine goals from the right side of midfield, although the club would be relegated for financial problems.

Hearts

Suso Santana’s performances caught the eye of Hearts manager Csaba László, who signed him on a free transfer from Tenerife on 30 June 2009. He got off to a good start at Tynecastle Stadium, playing in every pre-season game and particularly impressing in friendlies against Bolton Wanderers (where he set up Hearts’ only goal of the match) and Sunderland, putting in Man of the match performances.

Santana he scored his first goal for the club against Celtic at Celtic Park, with a long-range shot. Suso’s second goal for Hearts came a week later, the second in a 2–1 win over Hamilton Academical. He also netted against eventual champions Rangers from a volley.

Suso’s second goal for Hearts came a week later, the second in a 2–1 win over Hamilton Academical. He also netted against eventual champions Rangers in a 1–4 home loss, from a volley.

Suso’s second season in Scotland was hit by injuries, and he never really managed to get a consistent run together. After returning to full fitness he went on to string a consistent number of games together and also helped the team win the season’s Scottish Cup.

Return to Tenerife

Santana returned to his native Canary Islands and Tenerife on 6 July 2012. He scored five goals in his first season in his second stint, helping the club return to the second level after one year out. He has since gone on to make 88 appearances and score 12 goals with 17 assists for the club.


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Career Details

Years Team Apps Goals Assists
2004–2009 Tenerife 23 (1)
2004–2005 → Atlético Arona
2005–2006 → Laguna
2007–2008 → San Isidro 27 (3)
2008–2009 → Fuerteventura 30 (9)
2009–2012 Hearts 71 (9) 14
2012– Tenerife 88 (12) 17

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