If you were asked who has been the most creative player in the Spanish La Liga this season, your answer certainly wouldn’t be Celta Vigo’s Nolito, but the 28-year-old has enjoyed a standout campaign, and has proven himself to be a brilliant goalscorer and creator. It’s surprising such form hasn’t seen him linked with a potential move elsewhere this summer, but Celta won’t mind.
Nolito was outstanding last season in regard to his goalscoring antics too (14 league goals), but has been even more effective creating chances as well as finishing them off. The former Barcelona and Benfica winger has made 30 La Liga starts in 2014/15, scoring 12 goals and making 11 assists. He’s created more than 90 chances in the division, averaging more per game than any other player (at the time of writing).
Outside of Spain, Nolito’s antics are being kept under the radar this season, and not many supporters in England will have heard of him or seen him in action. The experienced midfielder made his debut for the Spanish national team late last year, as recognition for his incredible form, and he’s shown the fans his true quality on a regular basis.
Nolito manipulates the ball beautifully, and has a real eye for goal too, which makes him a real threat going forward. Nobody has match the 28-year-old for impact in his early years with the La Liga outfit, and it’s unlikely to be repeated by another 10 years on. Failed spells with Barcelona and Granada could well have seen his confidence crumble, but he stayed to true and fought on to enjoy a good season in Spain.
Creating more chances on average per game than the likes of Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is a very impressive feat, and the 28-year-old is certainly enjoying the bet period of my career. Full of skills, tricky, and never afraid to run at his marker, Nolito is understandably a defender’s worst nightmare at times. He’s a hard player to keep quiet in games, and can score a goal in the blink of an eye.
There’s been no reported bid having been made for the Spanish international, which is surprising given his quality over the last two seasons, but as it stands no club want to gamble on the maverick. With the experienced playmaker and goalscorer as La Liga’s most creative player, can he really be ignored anymore? Could Nolito earn a big move to a European elite side in the summer?