Joe Willock has praised summer signing Dani Ceballos over his performances in training since his arrival from Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old also added that the man of the match display against Burnley from the Spanish midfielder wasn’t a surprise to the Arsenal squad.
Ceballos assisted both goals in the North London side’s 2-1 win over Sean Dyche’s side last Saturday and Willock talked about him and how he is in training.
He said: “Dani’s a top player. We see it every day in training, he’s just brilliant. He’s very technical.”
“He showed on Saturday how good he is going to be and what he will bring to the team. It was a good performance from him. He was top class. And every day he’s getting fitter, every day he’s getting better.” (Source: The Metro)
Ceballos had a monstrous impact during the game last Saturday, as he made his mark on his full debut in the Premier League. The Spain under-21 international (via Squakwa) led the team in many statistics, including touches, passes, chances created, recoveries, fouls won, assists and duels.
However, it is his tenacity on and off the ball that makes him a crucial player for Unai Emery going forward this season.
In comparison to Mesut Ozil and his performances last season, Ceballos (via WhoScored) is already averaging more dribbles and more fouls won per games. This shows his willingness to drive the team forward in the number 10 position, as he showed during his man of the match performance against Burnley.
Off-the-ball, the on-loan Real Madrid man is also making a bigger impression than the maligned German. Ceballos has already averaged more across most defensive categories than Ozil. Indeed, it shows his suitability to play in Emery’s system of high-pressure football.
Ceballos has already made his mark in north London, which makes the fact he reportedly (via AS) didn’t wish to include a permanent clause in his loan deal all the more frustrating. Indeed, pundits such as Martin Keown and Robin van Persie (BT Sport via the Metro) were blown away by his performance against Burnley and the comments from Willock really speak to the impact he’s had on the team.
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