The Best Midfielder in La Liga?
Steven N’Zonzi survived a slow start after his move from Stoke City to become the main man at Sevilla.
When Steven N’Zonzi sign from Stoke City many fans were underwhelmed but things have progressed and now is the team’s key player. It was not a great start as his performances were poor when he first join the club. The Frenchman though has come on leaps and bounds since then. Many pundits now think that he is the best midfielder that plays in La Liga with is a huge compliment when you consider the competition.
The Sevilla midfielder has been widely compared with his fellow Frenchman Patrick Vieira who at his peak was one in the best in the world. If he keeps on making the kind of progress he has made over the last six month, he could be the best in the world in his position.
It was a disastrous first game for Sevilla for N’Zonzi as he was sent off. The fans did not take to him and many jeered him at home matches. He was heavily criticized by the Spanish media and many though they had just spent 10 million euro on a dud.
Since the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli though N’Zonzi has improved remarkable. The new manager has managed to get the most out of the player and the team is flourishing because of it. The fans started to take to the player more after his influential display in the match against Liverpool in the Europa League final.
It was the first time in N’Zonzi professional playing career that he had won a trophy and that win has helped boost his confidence and make him into a better player. It was Sevilla’s third time that they had won it in a row and they are one of the best teams in Europe.
The player impressed at his former clubs, Blackburn and Stoke. His 6’3 frame is suited to the English game and at first, it was difficult for him to get used to playing a different style of football. In his last year playing in the Premier League, he made over 2000 passes which were only achieved by nine others. In the Spanish league, he has passed the ball accurately more times than any other player. On average the Frenchman makes around 78 passes per match and rarely gives the ball away. The high tempo game that Sevilla is known for is due to the leadership of him midfield pulling all the strings. He does not just sit in front of the back line like many do these days. Instead, he is a true box to box player and is great at both ends of the pitch.
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