Madrid, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 20th Jul, 2020 ) :Real Madrid‘s 34th La Liga title owed much to their old guard but Spanish football has witnessed a number of new players exploding onto the scene.
Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five revelations to come out of the season.
Four goals and five assists hardly does justice to the 21-year-old’s contribution. When Real Sociedad were playing well, he was at the heart of everything and it was no coincidence their late dip coincided with Odegaard’s suffering from tendinitis.
2. Lucas Ocampos, Sevilla After hopping around five clubs in seven years, Ocampos appears finally to have found his feet.
With a thundering shot and a feisty attitude, the Argentinian has been a fans’ favourite from the start.
Ocampos has already been linked with another move but with Sevilla in the Champions League, he might finally decide to stay put.
3. Fede Valverde, Real Madrid Valverde was quieter after the three-month break seemingly took the edge off his fitness but he was the catalyst for Madrid‘s recovery early in the season and a pivotal run in the middle.
That 21-match unbeaten streak put Madrid in contention for the title when Valverde was perhaps the team’s most important player.
When Madrid failed to deliver Paul Pogba last summer, many thought Zinedine Zidane had been left short. To his relief, Valverde stepped up.
4. Ansu Fati, Barcelona It is 11 months since Fati burst onto the scene by becoming the third youngest player to score in La Liga, before sending Spanish football into meltdown by scoring again, 111 seconds into his first start for Barcelona.
At 16 years and 304 days old, he was Barca’s youngest ever scorer but it was not just the records that impressed. He dribbled, shot, nutmegged opponents and took risks.
“We have to take this kid very seriously,” warned Madrid‘s Marca while El Mundo declared: “A star is born”.
Eight goals, three since the restart, and 25 league appearances is a remarkable return for a now-17-year-old, with a hugely exciting future.
Lightning quick and with an end-product to match, Torres has long been attracting the interest of Europe‘s top clubs, which could result in a move unless he extends his current contract beyond next year.
His performances this season have done little to dampen enthusiasm around the 20-year-old, who has hit six goals in 43 games, including two in the Champions League.