Dani Ceballos’ stunning form since the resumption of Premier League football has coincided with Arsenal’s decent form of late – and their late push for Europa League football. The Spaniard is beginning to show what Tottenham are missing.
Rewind 12 months, and 23-year-old Ceballos put pen to paper on a season-long loan move to the Gunners. A Real Madrid fringe player with 56 senior outings to his name, Ceballos came to England with huge hype.
In his second Premier League outing, he laid on two assists during a 2-1 win over Burnley. But since then, the nine-time Spain international has been in and out of the Arsenal side – with injury interrupting his progress at the Emirates.
But that form is a shadow of the performances Ceballos has recently churned out. His balance, vision and work rate were all crucial elements of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Tuesday. AS claim he is worth a whopping £44million.
Ceballos’ excellent turn and awareness in midfield saw him slip a perfectly-weighted ball inside Caglar Soyuncu to find the on-rushing Bukayo Saka – who squared for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to tap home.
That kind of deep-lying creativity in midfield is certainly something Spurs have lacked this season. Dele Alli has been way below par, Gio Lo Celso is good in holding midfield but is better as a 10 and Christian Eriksen left the club in January.
Sky Sports claimed back in June 2019 that Tottenham were in talks to sign Ceballos ahead of Arsenal, only for the Gunners to win the race and land Ceballos on loan. Now, Ceballos is showing for Arsenal, what Tottenham are missing in midfield.