The subaltern football leagues may not garner as much attention as the first division, nor produce the breath-taking moments that we normally see in the latter.
However, Spain’s secondary league, the Segunda division, witnessed something really remarkable this past season as Samuel Saiz of Huesca registered a mind-boggling stat of 253 dribble attempts throughout the course of the campaign.
The Real Madrid academy graduate not only had a hand in 19 of his team’s goals (12 strikes and 7 assists), but also lit up the division with his imperious ability to slalom past defenses.
With a success rate of 52.96%, the 26-year old tops the dribbling charts of the division and also has more dribble attempts than the whole of Premier League barring Crystal Palace forward Wilfred Zaha and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. Check out the graphic below –
Although it isn’t enough to espy the eye of the top division teams, the spectacular Saiz has purportedly come under the viewfinder of the Championship side Leeds United, who are said to be interested in bringing the forward to the West Yorkshire this summer.
Leeds may have failed to win a promotion to the EPL yet again, but are fuelling their chances for the next season with Samuel’s acquisition. Should the transfer materialize, the Championship fans are in for some real treat as the doppelganger of the Tasmanian Devil will terrorize defenses with his magical footwork, whizzing like a drop of fat on a hot plate.