Sevilla: Oliver Torres, Julen Lopetegui’s right eye
Oliver Torres has been one of the best things to emerge from Sevilla‘s start to the 2019/20 season, with the midfielder holding his own in Julen Lopetegui‘s XI.
It’s been a complicated start to the campaign for the Andalusians, but he’s been keeping Joan Jordan out of the side in recent weeks, with the Catalan having been a standout in the earlier fixtures.
Lopetegui saw Oliver as a player he’d use closer to the attack then the midfield, largely due to his ability to break the lines with a pass in the final metres. He’s played well there, but he has a smaller area of influence.
He wants the ball more, and Sevilla need him to have it.
Against Qarabag he took command in central midfield before his substitution. Oliver showed Lopetegui how he can work in the role, and the coach was suitably impressed. He works well with Ever Banega and Nolito, too.
Oliver is a card that Lopetegui will always have, and one that he’ll have in two positions.
At 24, he’s matured a lot in these still early weeks of the season. Oliver‘s comfortable in the 4-3-3 and he feels the support of his coach. He’s starting to shine and Lopetegui has rewarded him.
This is the season for him to establish himself at the elite level.