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SK Awards: La Liga - 5 Best Central Midfielders of the Season 

Varun Nair
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Top 5 / Top 10
1.20K   //    31 May 2019, 22:20 IST

#3 Giovani Lo Celso - Real Betis

The Argentine international has been on fire for Real Betis this term
The Argentine international has been on fire for Real Betis this term

Giovani Lo Celso has finally come to the fore, having been relegated to the bench at Paris-Saint Germain. The Argentine international joined Real Betis on-loan this term, before they triggered an option to buy the 23-year-old back in April.

The attacking midfielder has played an instrumental role, particularly during the first-half of the campaign and their Copa del Rey semi-final run. With 32 appearances (27 starts) in Spain's top-flight this term, he averaged two shots and dribbles, as well as 0.8 key passes per match.

Equally capable defensively, he averaged 1.6 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 0.3 clearances per game. He netted nine goals and created four assists in the league, with a pass completion rate of 83% - proving his worth on a consistent basis for Betis, who surpassed expectations and will be bracing themselves for big-money offers this summer.

#2 Santi Cazorla - Villarreal

The man who defied the odds this term, despite everything he's been through
The man who defied the odds this term, despite everything he's been through

A man reborn, Santi Cazorla has defied the odds after losing two years of his footballing career to long-term injuries - which caused doctors to suggest amputation of his leg. The former Arsenal man has been a key figure for Villarreal, whose collective poor form almost resulted in relegation from Spain's top division.

The 34-year-old has been ever-present in their midfield, making 35 league appearances (30 starts), averaging two shots, 0.8 interceptions and 0.4 clearances per game.

His creative statistics though prove why the Gunners kept faith in him for so long, despite being plagued with troublesome injuries. He netted four goals and created ten assists in the league, averaging 2.1 key passes and 1.4 completed dribbles per game. As a result, his fine individual displays have seen Luis Enrique return to Spain's senior squad after a four-year absence.

#1 Dani Parejo - Valencia

One of the most undervalued Spanish midfielders of his generation
One of the most undervalued Spanish midfielders of his generation

After years of being overshadowed by the golden generation of Spanish midfielders, Dani Parejo is finally getting the attention he duly deserves. The 30-year-old played a pivotal role in Valencia's return to the Champions League this term, while winning the Copa del Rey with a slender win over Barcelona last week.

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The former Real man made 36 league appearances (35 starts), averaging 1.2 shots, one dribble and 2.3 key passes per match. He didn't deviate from his defensive responsibilities either: averaging two tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 0.6 clearances per game too.

He netted nine goals and created seven assists in the league, showing his class when called upon and leading by example while doing so.

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