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Real Sociedad: Mikel Oyarzabal, the age of reason

Now 24, Mikel Oyarzabal can serve as a former member of the Real Sociedad squad as he begins his seventh season there. A true offensive benchmark for his team, the Spanish international seems stronger than ever.

The summer has been hot, very hot for Mikel Oyarzabal. Participating in Euro 2020 with Spain, he was present in all six of his team’s matches until elimination against Italy in the semi-finals. Useful off the bench, he notably scored a goal against Croatia in the round of 16. This elimination just before the final, he did not have time to digest it since he followed up with the Olympic Games. Scoring three goals and delivering two assists in the competition, Mikel Oyarzabal will lose in the final with La Rojita against Brazil (2-1 after extra time). Eight days after this disputed meeting in Japan, he was on the lawn of Camp Nou as a good captain to face FC Barcelona.

Starting holder, he scored a nice goal even if that was not enough to win (defeat 4-2). Since then he has not been idle. Scorer against Rayo Vallecano then author of a double against Cadiz, he also scored last Sunday against Elche. With 5 goals in 7 La Liga matches, he managed to carry Real Sociedad at the start of the season to second place, one point behind Real Madrid. Seeing the Basques and Mikel Oyarzabal at an excellent level of performance is not a huge surprise, but the winger has never had such a preponderance. Of the 16 points acquired by the club, 8 were thanks to the efficiency of the captain of Txuri-urdin.

A big production, but a few hiccups

Author of the third highest number of shots per game (3.3) behind Karim Benzema and Memphis Depay, he is very effective while his goal record in a La Liga season achieved in 2018/2019 is 13. Left on de high standards, he comes out of a performance against Elche. “What a player! It’s a luxury to see him play. Things can go good or bad for him, but he always shows up when needed and keeps helping his colleagues. A week ago he apologized for the missed penalty and against Elche he became the hero, scoring the winning goal ” notably wrote Ace after the meeting.

Still capable of failures such as his 0-0 penalty against Sevilla or a face to face 90th + 4-2-2 against PSV Eindhoven, Mikel Oyarzabal still needs to rectify certain details, but his contribution is essential as is his reliability for the Basque club. Recently announced in the viewfinder of Manchester City where Pep Guardiola is seduced by his profile, Mikel Oyarzabal could take off this summer or soon enough. In the meantime, he continues to be loyal to Real Sociedad and Monaco will have to beware this Thursday of the Spanish international in the Europa League.

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