Five Underrated La Liga Players Premier League Clubs Should Target In The Summer

Five Underrated La Liga Players Premier League Clubs Should Target In The Summer
Jun 12, 2017

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With just weeks until the summer transfer window officially kicks off, clubs from all around the world will be conducting transfer business to strengthen their respective team prior to the start of the new season. With record high fees typically spent in England’s top division, it is expected for clubs around the country to once again spent large amounts of money on new, exciting players. Scouts are known to keep a close eye on various talent on La Liga talent, and the following will take a look at five underrated players Premier League clubs should target in the transfer window.

5) Florian Lejeune, SD Eibar

Despite moving to SD Eibar just a year after failing to breakthrough at Manchester City, consistent defender Florian Lejeune could certainly be an asset to a number of lower-tier Premier League clubs. The French international had a solid season at Los Armeros, helping the side to a league high 10th placed finish.

In the last week newly-promoted Newcastle have been linked with a move for the defender, but other clubs such as Crystal Palace and Swansea City could also benefit with further defensive support.

Arguably one of the biggest assets the Frenchman possesses is his aerial threat, amassing a 77% succession for duels in the air. Taking into consideration the physicality the league holds, this is a particularly strong trait to have. Expanding on this, should he sign for the rumoured Newcastle, he prevails in comparison of Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark, who hold 70% and 64% succession in comparison.

As for tackling, the defender once again prevails in comparison to his potential future teammates, winning 50% of his tackles in comparison to the Newcastle pair’s 39% and 43% respectively. Additionally, Lejeune has also shown some success when on the ball, having the confidence to play the ball out often as well as playing long passes – suitable to Jose Mendilibar’s style. Last season, the defender had a successful passing rate of 74.8%.

4) Angel Correa, Atletico Madrid

Formerly tipped as the next Sergio Aguero after moving to Atletico Madrid for €7.5 million three years ago, the development of forward Angel Correa has considerably stalled. After undergoing heart surgery as well as seeing his first team opportunities considerably decrease, Correa could certainly push for a move away from Madrid in the summer. Since arriving at the club, the forward has made 56 La Liga appearances, but only 18 of which have been starts.

Whilst the versatile forward could push for a move away, the club’s transfer ban would make any departure complicated, with the buying club forced to pay out the release clause of the Argentinian. Atletico have already tied down Antoine Griezmann to a new contract following the ban, and are reportedly ready to purchase Chelsea striker Diego Costa in the January transfer window.

With the World Cup kicking off in just under a year’s time, the versatile forward should push for a move – either loan or permanent – if he stands any chance of being in Jorge Sampaoli’s 23 man squad. In regards to the Premier League, top teams such as Liverpool and Tottenham could bolster their attacking threat with an appreciable talent in Correa who, in return, could help mount a title challenge.

3) Aaron Martin, RCD Espanyol

Out of all the positions on a football pitch where clubs are expected to strengthen in, the left-back position seems the most popular. As of writing, you could make a case for all of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Watford, and West Brom, to be in the market for a new left back (or left wing back).

Whilst the La Liga holds a variety of promising and experienced players capable of playing in the position, one player the formerly listed clubs should target is Espanyol fullback, Aaron Martin. The 20-year-old has been in good form across the 2016/17 season and has become a mainstay in the Periquitos first team, and has even been linked to a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The pacey left-back would be a particularly strong addition to a team who takes a more counter-attacking approach to games, with the Spaniard’s overall speed and dribbling ability to particularly strong characteristics. However, with considering his tender age, the fullback could easily adapt under England’s top division and flourish in any system.

2) Dani Ceballos, Real Betis SAD

Albeit just 20 years of age, Real Betis commanding midfielder Dani Ceballos has already received significant praise and been linked with some of the biggest clubs in world football. Incoming manager Quique Setien has been rumoured to want to build his team around the Spaniard ahead of the 2017/18 La Liga season, but financial implications at the club could see him sold.

The release clause of the promising midfielder varies, with some reports claiming the figure stands at €15 million, whilst others insist the figure stands at a lower sum of €10 million. Taking into consideration his withstanding talent, whichever club is successful in purchasing the midfielder will certainly have themselves a fantastic talent for a very good deal.

Last season, the central midfielder was successful in living up to the reputation given to him by his supporters, and went on to feature in 30 league fixtures across the season. Applauded for his defensive contribution alongside his tackling ability, averaging three successful tackles a game, the Spanish midfielder could certainly prove to be an underrated signing for one of England’s top teams such as Arsenal or Chelsea.

1) Sandro Ramirez, Malaga CF

Last, but not least, if any Premier League club is in need of signing an encouraging striker, they should do whatever they can to bring Sandro Ramirez to their club. The former Barcelona youth player joined Malaga on a free transfer just under a year ago, and went on to have a fantastic season playing first team football. In 30 league appearances last season, the forward scored on 14 occasions, finishing in the top 10 scorers in La Liga for the year.

Some of the positive key traits the Spanish forward has include his overall passing ability, (averaging a 79% pass accuracy), and his underrated shooting technique, scoring various goals across the season from different lengths. Across the season, Ramirez has also demonstrated an element of versatility in his game, switching it up on both the right and left flanks.

If a Premier League team were to sign the attacker in the summer, it seems far more likely that a top side will complete the transfer rather than a middle or lower tier side. Everton, Liverpool, and Arsenal, are all reportedly in the hunt for a new striker in the transfer window to support their overall attacking fit, and the Malaga forward could prove to be a good addition to any side.

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