Following on from similar posts featuring players from other leagues, here are three players to watch out for as La Liga kicks off once again…
Shinji Okazaki – Huesca
Okazaki wasn’t prolific in front of goal when helping Leicester City to a sensational Premier League title but his indefatigable work rate helps tire opposition defenders and create goals for his team. After an ill-fated move to Malaga, Okazaki banged in 12 goals in 36 games to help fire Huesca into Spain’s top flight. He may be no spring chicken aged 34 but he’s as fit as many younger players. Huesca will benefit from having the experience of a Premier League winner who also has the small matter of a half-century of international goals to his name.
Ivan Alejo – Cadiz
Alejo is a 25-year-old winger at another newly promoted side, Cadiz. He came through the ranks at Atlético Madrid but has had a rather nomadic career whilst picking up 12 Spain under-19 caps along the way. More goals and assists would be welcome but now could he his time to step up.
Yassine Bounou – Girona
Having starred for Sevilla in their successful Europa League campaign, it’s hard to fathom that Canadian born Moroccan shot stopper Bounou will be dropping down to the second tier of Spanish football at parent club Girona. He’s one who could earn a move to a top flight side before the season is out.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that any players featured in One to Watch have not been considered.