Five La Liga midfielders Premier League clubs need to be scouting

Most of us are already familiar with star players at Real Madrid and Barcelona, although there’s a much more profound level of depth beyond the “big two” sides. When it comes to midfield options, few countries boast such a consistent production line of quality like Spain.

As we take a look at some of the gems gleaming brightly at other clubs in LaLiga, it’s worth remembering that bookies often provide odds for potential transfers. But before choosing where to wager, read honest expert reviews at Arabian Betting, which tell you exactly what each site truly delivers.

Speaking of quality deliveries, the five LaLiga midfielders we’ve looked at are certainly great options for Premier League clubs, consistently performing to high standards and undoubtedly catching the watchful eye of scouts.

Joan Jordan – Sevilla

Famed for his ability to spot bargains and encourage their development, Sevilla sporting director Monchi clearly knew that Joan Jordan had great potential, when the club spent €14 million to sign him from Eibar in June 2019. He wasn’t wrong about the midfielder, who is equally adept at creating for his team or stopping rival moves.

The value of Jordan is often overlooked by many LaLiga fans, who tend to focus on the flashier and more technically gifted players, while the 27-year-old is more of a grafter in midfield. But his reliability and consistency should never be discounted, as this guy has proven absolutely vital for Sevilla.

Jordan keeps it simple and does all the basics exceptionally well, which means his passing percentages are always amongst the highest for his team, whether long or short from his deeper midfield role. Back in 2019, comments published by 90Min in 2019 revealed that Jordan almost joined West Ham United, but chose Sevilla instead.  

Luis Milla – Granada

His father was an iconic player at Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia, although Luis Milla hasn’t enjoyed quite the same fortune. Sharing the same name as famous dad inevitably brings high expectations, yet injuries hampered early development and opportunities.

But after shining in the second tier with Tenerife, opportunity finally knocked for Luis Milla when Granada swooped, getting themselves a superb midfield general for an absolutely bargain price. Ever since then, fans have been enamoured by his combination of talents and tenacity.

What makes Luis Milla an interesting target is his organisation and vision, being one of those players who can read games like an open book, able to exploit spaces with his excellent range of passing. He also boasts a good command of the English language, which is ideal for any potential Premier League move.

Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad

Having already tasted life in the Premier League with Newcastle United, spending the 2017-18 season at St. James Park, it’s fair to say Mikel Merino has become a much more complete player since joining Real Sociedad.

The 25-year-old is now a fully-fledged regular in the Spanish national team, while his midfield performances have been consistently exceptional. According to current WhoScored statistics, he is the top-rated player at Real Sociedad, during the 2021-22 season so far.

Merino would actually be a good fit for another crack at Newcastle, now the club is much wealthier following the Saudi takeover, considering his development over the last four seasons. Given his potent passing range and ball-winning abilities, he is now a much more complete player and boasts 21 caps for Spain.

Mikel Oyarzabal – Real Sociedad

Athletic Club Bilbao is often praised for its “Basque only” player policy, which is backed by an excellent youth system. Yet neighbouring Real Sociedad is also highly adept at producing young players of exceptional quality, with Spain international Mikel Oyarzabal having become a fine example.

The 24-year-old is the dream player for any head coach, given his versatility and ability to operate in various positions and roles. Oyarzabal is able to play on either flank with equal comfort, deep as a wide midfielder or winger, along with being highly effective in the final third as an inside forward.

Superb finishing and crossing abilities are the key attributes of Oyarzabal, who is also great at splitting defences with diagonal passes and through balls, which underlines his marvellous awareness and creativity. This guy would potentially be a massive hit in the Premier League.

Carlos Soler – Valencia

Easily the star player at Valencia over the last couple of seasons, Carlos Soler rose through their youth system to become an integral part of the team. Getting better and better with each passing season, he has been truly exceptional during the 2021-22 campaign.

Comfortable playing wide or through the middle, this season Soler has registered nine goals and two assists, which are great numbers for someone playing in deep roles. Indeed, many of the attacking moves which Valencia complete, often start and finish at the talented boots of Soler.

Valencia fans would be absolutely gutted if Soler were to leave, although this almost seems inevitable at some point, amidst plenty of interest from England. Already, transfer gossip in The Sun has linked Soler with strong interest from Liverpool and Arsenal, which means he could be strutting his stuff in the Premier League before too long.

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