Player of the Day

FC Player of the Day, 22 January: Santi Cazorla (Villarreal)

The former Arsenal man starred for the Yellow Submarine in the Copa del Rey.

 
12:00pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
Santi Cazorla
M, DM (C) - Villarreal - 35 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.1
Jan 22, 2020
90Minutes played
1Goals
1Assists
3Total shots
2Interceptions
85Successfull passes %
2Big chances
98Touches

Santi Cazorla's injury-free renaissance at Villarreal has been great to watch, but it is by no means for sentimental reasons why football fans want to see the Spaniard do well. Another reason is that he is still a hell of a player.

He was at the heart of most things creative in the 3-1 win over Girona in the Copa del Rey, scoring one and assisting another.

His goal was the second of the match and, almost fittingly, came after he was attempted to set up someone else. After his pass inside was intercepted, he latched on to the loose ball to fizz a strike under the keeper who had little time to react.

Samuel Chukwueze then may have lit up proceedings with a fine goal for the third, but it was Cazorla's pass down the right wing which put him on the course for his dribble.

Naturally, Cazorla's passing was excellent as he completed 64/75 balls to team-mates, as well as enjoying 98 touches overall.

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