Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, as he continues to look for first team football while also developing as a player under new manager Unai Emery.
Arsenal were looking a little short-handed in the midfield department with the departure of Aaron Ramsey this summer, but they hope Ceballos can bring some intensity and experience from a club known for it’s success.
The young Spaniard doesn’t have a long track record of games played or minutes on the pitch for Real Madrid, but he is considered a top young prospect.
Will his experience at Real Madrid transfer over well in England?
Dani Ceballos brings new energy into the midfield for Arsenal. He’s a crafty and an intelligent player whose best trait is his passing ability.
His vision to find players with through balls or down the wing is where his game continues to grow.
“He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision..” – Unai Emery on Dani Ceballos
Along with his passing, the Spaniard is deadly when taking on defenders in the middle of the park. Agility and mobility tend to be his advantage while he maneuvers throughout the pitch.
Ceballos is traditionally a central midfielder, but has played in the number 10 role on occasion.
Last season Dani managed only 3 goals in 23 appearances, 10 of which he was substituted in for Real Madrid.
In his La Liga career, he has played 100 matches scoring 7 goals and assisting 4 times.
From a statistical standpoint, Ceballos is someone you might disregard, but the stats don’t tell the full story here with regard to Ceballos given limited game time and with him predominantly playing in CM.
He needs to revitalize his career and a season long loan to Arsenal could be the first step in doing so.
FPL Star or FPL Dud?
With somewhat of an underwhelming track record, Ceballos is a question mark for many FPL managers this season. Is he able to adapt to the English game? Is he even worth a punt even when Zidane lost faith in him?
The positives are that the former Madrid player come in at £5.5m, is owned by 2.5% of FPL managers and it has been written in his contract that he must start 40 games.
The price tag is enticing considering the options available. The standouts from last year that also come in at £5.5 include – McArthur (Crystal Palace), Moutinho (Wolves), Noble (West Ham). None of these players are worth it for me.
In my opinion, Ceballos is definitely worth a punt if we look at the big picture.
Arsenal is stacked up front and have a good core of players that can thrive off of Dani’s passing ability.
The Gunners are hungry and have made a few signings that can really shake up the EPL this season and what better way to re-establish yourself as a player than to lead a team with unknown potential to success.
If Ceballos can grasp the English game quickly, then look he could really make himself a welcome commodity in FPL.