Reported Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak was Sevilla’s top performer at the weekend despite his side being crushed 5-1 by La Liga giants Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
The Polish international midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Gunners, and his physique and style of play is exactly what the North London club need in their midfield ranks.
Many observers feel that Arsene Wenger’s side lack a presence in middle of the park - a defensive midfielder in the mould of a Nemanja Matic or a Danny Blind.
Krychowiak has proven he has what it takes to succeed in such a role and his performance at the Nou Camp on Saturday only further highlighted his blossoming reputation.
Alongside fellow defensive midfielder Ever Banega, the 24-year-old outshone his Argentine teammate by producing seven tackles, five interceptions and two effective clearances.
In comparison, Gunners duo Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey posted just three tackles, one interception and one effective clearance combined during their 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United.
Aside from his fantastic defensive duties, Sevilla’s defensive midfielder is also comfortable on the ball and completed 92.1% of his passes against the Catalan giants – higher than the whole Gunners XI on Saturday.
Attempting to buy the former Bordeaux midfielder, however, could be a tricky proposition for manager Wenger given his recent move to La Liga.
Krychowiak moved to Sevilla for a reported €4.5 million last summer, and upon doing so signed a contract containing a £23.5 million release clause – a figure the Andalusian club will want to hold out for.
Still, it is a position which the Emirates outfit need to strengthen and if they wish to close the gap on rivals Chelsea, perhaps it’s the sort of figure they will therefore be required to spend.