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NorthEast United FC have high expectations of midfielder Bruno Arias

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Modified 21 Jul 2015
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Bruno Arias North East United Delhi Dynamos
Bruno Arias regularly featured for the Delhi Dynamos last season

Indian Super League franchise NorthEast United FC are expecting a lot from their Spanish midfielder Bruno Herrero Arias, who has joined them from ISL rivals Delhi Dynamos FC, then he is a rare breed of midfielder that can play in most positions.

Bruno had one of the best numbers in terms of interceptions in the first season of the ISL, which is vital because a successful interception requires one to read the game well and possess the ability to cut out danger before it causes any meaningful problems.

NorthEast United showed its defensive prowess in the previous season with one of the best defensive units in the league, and with this acquisition, they have added someone in front of our back four who will provide even further support and add some steel in midfield.

Another of Bruno's vital qualities is his crossing. At first, this may not seem like such an important attribute for a central midfielder, however, it showcases his passing range and an ability to act as a direct chain of supply to runners in the box. Bruno adds more to NEUFC in midfield and will help his team break down defences dwith the quality of service into the box.

Passing is perhaps Bruno's greatest attribute. He boasts some of the highest pass completion figures in the league, being the metronome in whatever side he has represented in his career. Supporters having watched the last season of the ISL will know of his ability to truly dictate the tempo of the game – slowing it down when the team is under pressure and quickening it up whenever the team needs to get things going.

Coming from the land of the β€˜tiki-taka’, we can certainly expect Bruno to bring this nous in midfield to the Highlanders. Looking beyond the statistics, Bruno was a vital cog in Delhi Dynamos's turn around from their shaky early season form last year, possessing some qualitative attributes to push the team forward. He has played at the very highest level after being educated in the FC Sevilla youth teams, the current UEFA Europa League champions.

He has represented Murcia in La Liga, making close to a hundred appearances for Xeres before enjoying a title-winning spell in Thailand.

A versatile player who is equally adept at playing at center-back, Bruno brings with him bags of experience, European pedigree and know-how of having a successful season in the Indian Super League. Everyone at NEUFC is proud to welcome #LaMetronome!

Published 21 Jul 2015
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