There is no denying that Mikel Oyarzabal has developed into one of the best attacking prospects in La Liga, and he’s hot on the lips of every Spanish football enthusiast.
Manchester City were heavily interested in Mikel, seeing him as the perfect replacement for Leroy Sane, who departed for Bayern Munich. Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the Spanish International & he is also aware of the pedigree that the Real Sociedad academy offers. Players such as Antoine Griezmann, Xabi Alonso, Inigo Martinez & Alvaro Odriozola have all been promoted directly.
23 year old Oyarzabal is the player which fans are most excited with, stating that he has the potential to get to the very top. He’s starting to develop even further & show that he has elite potential. It’s no surprise that Man City are interested.
The future looks bright for Mikel Oyarzabal.
Mikel Oyarzabal: Style of Play
He enjoys being played on the Left wing, although he has shown significant potential playing as a second-striker, or central attacking midfielder. He’s learning from his fellow academy graduate and following his footsteps, Antoine Griezmann.
Since he doesn’t have electric pace, Oyarzabal relies on his close dribbling skill & low centre of gravity. This allows him to manouvre inbetween defenders. He doesn’t have to sprint past them, when he can simply float around them with elegance.
His workrate is a joy to behold & any manager would applaud his defensive positioning. He often supports Nacho Monreal, by getting in all of the correct positions. He shows elite maturity by standing off against the opposition, instead of flying in and giving away a foul.
His playstyle is similar to Bernardo Silva, as he likes to drift inside and make his opposition lose track of him. Since David Silva’s arrival, it will be interesting to see if he gets more attacking freedom on the wing. David can run things on his own through the middle!
Mikel Oyarzabal isn’t afraid of taking a shot, either from distance or at the end of a promising piece of play. He has good returns too. In 2019/20, Mikel scored 10 and assisted 11 times during the La Liga campaign. This led to Real Sociedad finishing in 6th place.
The Real Sociedad captain loves his club, but we can’t help but wonder what numbers he would provide at a more consistent club. He suits the Real Madrid, or even Barcelona playstyle perfectly. However, Barcelona haven’t utilised Griezmann correctly, so I would be disappointed to see Mikel move there.
He has a £67 million release clause and loves his boyhood club, meaning he’s in no rush to move. If any club is interested in his services, it’s highly likely they will have to pay the release clause.