Europe’s top leagues are slowly re-opening for business – and now it’s Spain’s turn to return.
La Liga is set for a restart this Thursday evening, and with that in mind, we have looked at some lesser-known Spain-based talents who could be worth keeping an eye on over the coming weeks, particularly from a matchday dividend perspective.
Here are our top 5 picks, all under £1…
28 years old
Spain and late bloomers eh?
First Michu, now Portu.
Sociedad’s right-sided midfielder has been turning in more and more impressive returns as his career has gone on, and given he is presently fourth for goal involvements (goals and assists) in La Liga, the 2019/20 season could be his best yet.
Juan Carlos Andres, who worked with Portu at Girona, affirmed that his former charge “always gives 200% Monday to Sunday, not just on a matchday”, and that he “leaves nothing behind to achieve the objectives he has set himself”.
La Real have had a stunning campaign to date – they currently sit fourth in the table, ahead of the likes of Atletico Madrid and Valencia – and with Martin Odegaard (£4.75) and Mikel Oyarzabal (£2.43) operating alongside Portu, they can yet dream of UEFA Champions League qualification.
Loren Moron (£0.71)
26 years old
It’s been an extraordinary rise for Loren Moron of late.
From playing in Spain’s fourth division with Betis’ B team as recently as 2017, he progressed to the first team for the 2017/18 season.
But it’s this term that he has really taken off, topping La Liga’s scoring charts in October and being strongly linked with a move to Barcelona, before Los Cules eventually plumped for Martin Braithwaite (£0.72) to replace long-term absentee Ousmane Dembele (£2.42).
But with 11 goals and three assists in 29 total appearances for Los Verdiblancos – including a goal and an assist at the Camp Nou, proving he is not overawed on the biggest stages – it’s no surprise that a number of top clubs have been sniffing around once again during the hiatus.
Indeed, with Jose Mourinho an admirer and Loren good friends with Giovani Lo Celso (£1.86), it was thought that Spurs could have been an eventual destination for the striker.
That now looks uncertain, with Canal Sur Radio reporting that the 26-year-old will sign a new contract with Betis.
Whatever happens, at just £0.71 his Share Price should have plenty of upside.
Angel Correa (£0.85)
25 years old
The 25-year-old has been a revelation for Diego Simeone’s Atleti this year, notching five goals and six assists to date in La Liga.
And with Joao Felix (£3.80) struggling with injury ahead of Los Rojiblancos’ comeback fixture against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Correa will be of even greater importance to his side as they seek to claw their way back into the top four.
At £0.85 and with the Bundesliga the only other Match Day league in action, Correa looks a good bet to produce some healthy returns in the short-term.
Ante Budimir (£0.42)
28 years old
Mallorca’s La Liga run-in couldn’t be much more devilish, with games against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla.
So if they are to escape relegation from Spain’s top flight, they will need some big performances from their clinical Croatian Ante Budimir.
The 28-year-old striker, who has played in both the Bundesliga and Serie A previously with FC St Pauli and Crotone respectively, has produced the standout campaign of his career to date, and bucks the trend of more experienced players in the top echelons of the La Liga goal involvement charts.
Trading at just £0.42, Budimir has nine goals and two assists to his name this term, including three doubles – one of which was against Barcelona – and his side will hope to pick up the momentum they generated before the pause when they registered their first league away win at Eibar.
Rodrigo Moreno (£0.93)
29 years old
On the 5th January 2011, Rodrigo scored for Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League against Wigan.
It would be his only goal in 17 English top-flight appearances, and it’s unlikely many people would’ve predicted his ascent since then, which has included eight strikes for the Spanish senior side and being the joint-second provider in La Liga this term, behind only Messi.
All of which has, ironically, meant interest from England once again, with Arsenal reportedly looking to the 29-year-old as a replacement for the seemingly outbound Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£1.99).
According to Spanish daily AS, Valencia are willing to countenance offers of over £50m for their star forward, but it remains to be seen whether he will want the final stage of his career to be in England.