5 youngsters who can replace Robben as the world's best left-footed winger
Can any of these youngsters take over from Robben as the best left-footed winger?
The sight of a left-footed wing wizard flying down the flanks and raising holy hell has always been one of football’s more mesmerizing sights.
In the last two decades, the world of football has been blessed to see the sights of Arjen Robben, Ryan Giggs, Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria flying down the wings, leaving defenders for dead and providing goals/assists on the biggest occasions.
Now, there is a new set of left-footed wing wizards demanding that we sit back and watch them work.
#5. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad & Spain)
A diminutive rising star, he has already drawn favourable comparisons with another La Real youth product; Antoine Griezmann.
Mikel who is nicknamed “Big Foot” is a Spanish winger in the mould of Pedro Munitis & Joel Amavisca but with more nuance to his game. Pacy over a short distance and capable of very fast dribbling while on the run, his reading of the game is impressive for such a young player.
He is the third youngest debutant in Spanish history (aged 19) making his debut for La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) in a friendly against Switzerland in 2016.
One of his biggest assets is his awareness about the game as he studies the ebb & flow of the match and usually, makes smart decisions about when to drift infield either in support of the striker(s) or to seek out goalscoring opportunities for himself
Among the youngster's greatest strengths is his exceptional crossing ability, which saw him claim seven assists in La Liga last season. He may not be the quickest, but Oyarzabal is always reading the game, assessing the next phase of play and running into space to provide an outlet for teammates.
A huge fan favourite, Mikel has already gotten 3 goals and an assist in the 4 games he has played for La Real in La Liga this season.
He was said to be a €40m target for Real Sociedad’s fierce Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao (to further its Basque-only policy) and has signed an extension with a reported €60m clause.