German international Sami Khedira showed a different side to his game after coming on against Algeria.
The German is seen as the fall guy to Real's next midfield arrival, whoever that may be, and after the club coped without him due to his knee injury last year, they are content to let him go.
Khedira is seen as a holding player, who keeps the play neat in midfield and allows the rest of the team to tick.
Yet in Germany's extra-time win over Algeria he demonstrated a different, more creative side to his game, making almost as many key passes in 50 minutes as teammate Mesut Ozil did in 120, superior in terms of a minutes per key pass ratio.
|Match||Matchday||Key Passes||mins / Key Pass||Mins Played|
|Sami Khedira||vs Algeria||04||3||16.67||50|
|Mesut Özil||vs Algeria||04||4||30.00||120|
All three of Khedira's and all four of Ozil's attempted assists came from open play, as they sought to break down an impressive Algeria side.
Previously in the 160 minutes of football Khedira had played in the World Cup to date, he had not provided a single key pass.
It is evidence he is recovering from his knee injury, but also shows that he is prepared to take risks and step up at crucial times, when the situation demands it.
Last season at Real Madrid prior to injury, Khedira completed 12 key passes in 12 starts and one substitute appearance, and so his three in 50 minutes against Algeria was clearly above his typical production.
Matching Ozil on a regular basis won't be expected of Khedira at any club he plays for, but his ability to show that he can step it up when need be and chip in, makes him even more of an attractive asset for potential suitors.