The injury problems suffered by Mexican star and former Arsenal striker, Carlos Vela, have posed a problem for Real Sociedad, given their reliance on his goals and overall attacking contribution.
Having repeatedly stated how important Vela is to his plans, La Real boss David Moyes has needed to shuffle his attacking options around, being unable to make any additions to the squad in the January transfer window.
Step forward Gonzalo 'Chory' Castro, who has never been a regular starter for Real Sociedad, since his arrival from Mallorca in 2012, but has always been regarded as an important squad player.
Able to play as a winger or a striker, it's out wide where Chory Castro has mainly been utilised, during his time at Anoeta. Having Vela out of action has afforded him an opportunity to get more starts and he's thriving on those, underlining the confidence that Scottish coach David Moyes has given him to perform so well of late.
"I feel more important than ever at La Real," enthused the 30-year-old, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, pointing out: "I've been in the starting eleven more recently of late, so being there is a vote of confidence from the boss. Being in the starting eleven for so many games now, says just how much confidence he has in me."
Although his team-mate Carlos Vela could soon be returning to action, Chory Castro is satisfied he'll continue to get regular games from Moyes, which also leaves him hopeful of getting himself back into the Uruguay squad, ahead of this summer's Copa America.
He explained: "Carrying on getting regular games would be ideal and then after that, we'll see. I've never closed the door on getting back into the national team. I keep thinking and hoping I can get back in."
Moyes is expected to make numerous additions to the Real Sociedad side this summer, as the former Manchester United manager looks to mould his Basque outfit, more to his liking. Many new arrivals are tipped to be arriving from the Premier League, with the Scotsman relying on his knowledge base of English football.
With one year left on his contract, Chory Castro hopes to remain a firm part of those plans, concluding: "I've always felt good here, if a new deal is offered and I can stay, that would be great. My family and I are settled here, so I'll keep working hard and happily towards that end."