Regular BBC Five Live pundit Chris Waddle says Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil’s ability to create is the most difficult skill in football and the reason why he cost a club record fee, the Daily Mail report.
Ozil arrived at the club from Real Madrid with a reputation for being an assist king, after consistently topping the creativity charts in La Liga.
That tag has subsequently remained with him in the Premier League, where he has recorded more league assists than any other player since making his top-flight debut in August 2013.
Yet, the German World Cup winner regularly comes in for criticism due to his passive style of play.
Speaking to reporters for the Daily Mail, Waddle insists that the flak Ozil receives is wholly unjust and claims the former Werder Bremen man excels in the most difficult aspect in football.
“Ozil doesn’t perform and he gets hammered. People say he’s lazy, he’s not interested. But what he does is the hardest part of football. What he does is create, he opens the door,” Waddle said.
“That’s why he cost so much, that’s why his team-mates want him in the team. Anyone can organise and compete, stop others playing, block areas off and strangle supply.
“Judge Ozil on what he was signed to do. If he’s making goals, he’s playing very well.”
Ozil has delivered nine assists so far this season, more than any other play in Europe’s top five leagues.
He may not charge about in the same way in which crowd favourite Alexis Sanchez does, yet the 27-year-old has different qualities, such as his fabulous ball retention.
Striking the right balance in the team allows Ozil to express himself more freely, a factor which makes him somewhat of a luxury player, but one you would love in your team nonetheless.