A photo of Albion First Team Statistical Analysis Coach Damia Abella ahead of the 2023/24 season
Job Title
First Team Statistical Analyst

Damia was confirmed as Carlos Corberán's First Team Statistical Analyst in 2023.

Prior to his involvement in first-team coaching environments, Abella enjoyed an exciting upbringing into the game during his playing days at Spanish giants Barcelona. 

Although the former defender's first professional team was UE Figueres (his hometown club), several appearances in blue-and-white playing in Spain's second division earned Damia a dream move to Camp Nou in 2004. 

While he was initially incorporated into their B squad, the Olot-born full-back made his Barca bow in the Copa del Rey against UDA Gramenet and La Liga debut v Athletic Bilbao in the same month during October 2004. Damia was handed his first games by then-Barcelona boss and Dutch legend Frank Rijkaard.

During his final year at the club, Abella was loaned out to Racing Santander before making a permanent switch to top-flight side Real Betis. 

He left Barcelona with two honours under his belt, but the defender swapped trophies for regular game time at Betis where he played close to 90 games in Seville between 2006-2010.

Still, this stint didn't compare to his tenure at Osasuna which saw Damia make over 120 appearances for Los Rojillos over four years at the El Sadar Stadium. 

Abella would end his playing days in England with Middlesbrough in 2016 and retire at the age of 34 with over 250 professional appearances to his name.

But the Spaniard would return to the UK to help Watford as a Strategic Analyst working under a number of managers, including former England and Baggies boss Roy Hodgson in the dugout, during two years at Vicarage Road.

One of Abella's first major coaching-related roles had its success, with the Hornets securing promotion to the Premier League in 2021.

And Damia continues to give everything to assist Albion Head Coach Corberán and his staff to help the club achieve success.