Marcos Llorente is one of the reasons Atletico Madrid are top the LaLiga Santander table and following his goal against Levante, he has proved that he is one of the most complete players in Spain.
His versatility on the pitch has helped Diego Simeone adjust his line-up in the last few weeks, while several Los Rojiblancos players have been absent due to injuries or COVID-19, by placing him where there is a void to be filled in.
Llorente can score, assist, defend and contribute in build-up. He is one of the most in-form Spanish players at the moment and his statistics place him amongst the best in LaLiga Santander.
Under Simeone, Llorente has perfected the role of joining his team's attack from midfield, providing Atletico with more bodies upfront.
The former Real Madrid midfielder has converted eight of his 13 shots on target in LaLiga Santander this season, having produced 25 shots in total.
Llorente has also netted two goals from outside the box and has proved that he can score with both feet.
First in assists
No LaLiga Santander player has set up his teammates more times than Llorente has managed this season. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has registered seven assists, as many as Levante's forward Jorge de Frutos.
Three of those came after he found himself in Atletico's attack and teed up a teammate from inside the opponent's box.
Llorente has participated in as many as 15 goals this season in LaLiga Santander and is close to registering double digits in both assists and goals.
The 26-year-old midfielder has scored nine times and assisted another eight in all competitions so far, and no Atletico player has managed to register similar figures since 2008/09.
Meanwhile, Mikel Oyarzabal has scored 12 and assisted six, while Iago Aspas has mustered nine goals and eight assists so far.
Those three are the top Spanish performers in Europe in 2020/21, alongside RB Leipzig's Angelino, who has scored eight times and assisted another 11.
Llorente is the best midfielder in LaLiga Santander this season and is not just the most in-form, but one of the finest players in Spain at the moment.
Source: Marca / Carlos Fernández - Panos Kostopoulos