Levante’s Great Escape opens their shop window


With the La Liga relegation places confirmed for this season, the story of big names including Las Palmas, Deportivo and Malaga all dropping down to the second flight, is only half of it.

Less established names including Leganes and Levante were expected to slide into the relegation zone, with the bigger fish surviving, however that was not the case.

The solid form of Leganes has been a consistent of their performance across the whole of the season, but the fight and quality of Levante in the last two months has been impressive.

At the point when Clarence Seedorf was announced as the new boss of Deportivo, they were just a point behind Levante, with the Galician side expected to over haul them.

However Levante have shown grit and skill when it has really counted this season. In the nine games of March and April, Paco Lopez’s have lost just once – to second place Atletico Madrid – winning games against Getafe, Las Palmas, Eibar, Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla and Malaga in that run.

These victories have been tight, only winning one of the six games by more than one goal, but that decisive efficiency in key moments has saved the club.

They play with a little more swagger and pace than Leganes, but the focus is on practical football first, a lesson Deportivo were unable to learn.

The key man in recent weeks has been Jose Luis Morales, scoring vital goals to establish himself as the top scorer for the season, with 10 goal in all competitions.

The 30-year old has spent his senior career at the club, with a brief loan spell at Eibar, but he could be an option for another two seasons at a club higher up the La Liga food chain.

He is capable as a box to box midfielder, but his real quality lies around the eighteen yard box, with creativity and a goal threat from midfield, something that a number of mid table sides have lacked this season.

Emmanuel Boateng is also likely to pop up on radars in Spain, and possibly wider afield after a good debut season in La Liga

The 21-year old Ghanian is still raw in certain areas, but he has possess a natural striker’s intelligence, and a goal return of three in his last nine games shows his development in recent months.

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