With Spains disappointing and rather shocking exit from the World Cup and the old guard retiring,we look at five players who can carry the Spanish legacy forward on their more than capable shoulders.With heaps of talent at their disposal, Spanish domination is far from over.
Koke is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder who can adapt to any playing style. He has great tactical insight of the game, which enables him to orchestrate the play according to the gaffer’s tactics. He can very well play the pressing game with his more often than not perfectly timed tackles.
On the defensive end, Koke recorded the highest no. of successful tackles in the UEFA Champions League beating the likes of well-established central midfielders Fabregas, Alonso, Modric and many others. He has good physical strength which helps him fend off defenders and hold the ball in tight situations.
Apart from tackling, he has a keen eye for putting the ball in the final third, spotting the runners with his pin point passes, thus contributing to the team in attack as well as defence. He has managed to provide 67 goal scoring chances in 36 appearances with 13 resulting in goals.
Comparisons are already being drawn between him and the current midfield maestro for Spain – Xavi. Both Xavi and Koke have strikingly similar game play and tactically sound minds by which they control the game. With Xavi’s illustrious career coming to an end soon, the next World Cup will certainly see the Spanish hopes lying on their new Midfield Maestro- Koke who will try to keep the ‘Spanish Engine’ running.
Xavi on Koke: “He has everything: talent, physical ability, he is a footballer of the present and the future. He has been marked out as the conductor of Spain's orchestra for the next 10 years. I have a special affection for him because we play in the same position and I think he is an extraordinary player.”