Santi Cazorla hasn’t been at his best during our last couple of games, but the Spaniard has enjoyed a fantastic season for the most part. His performances have earned him a place among the 15 best attacking midfielders in the world, with the miniature midfielder coming 10th in the list, courtesy of CIES Football Observatory.
Our recent games against Manchester United and Sunderland aside, Cazorla has been arguably one of the the most consistent players at the club this season. He performed superbly during a period when those around him were struggling for form, and just like Alexis Sanchez had done earlier in the season, the former Malaga man singlehandedly dragged us over the line at times.
His contributions have been recognised, with the 30-year-old named alongside the likes of David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, and Eden Hazard.
The ranking system takes into account a player’s rigour, recovery, distribution, take ons, chance creation, and shooting, giving each player a total score out of 100.
Cazorla was given a score of 64.3, which is certainly impressive, but still some way behind James Rodriguez in top spot with a perfect 100.
The ambidextrous midfielder has thrived in a deeper midfielder role this season, but has looked burnt out in recent games. We may need him to be at his best for our FA Cup final clash against Aston Villa, so hopefully he gets the rest he needs in the coming days.