There’s no doubting Jonathan Viera has been one of Las Palmas’ key driving forces in their strong season so far. Under the guidance and positional style of play of manager Quique Setien, his attacking genius has really thrived and animated Los Amarillos’ work in the final third.
And in their impressive 1-0 victory over an excellent Villarreal outfit, Viera was at his creative best, playing a pivotal role in his team’s ninth win of the campaign.
While his mesmerising dribbling qualities and imaginative passing were superb as ever, his astute movement was what give him the ideal platform from which to conduct proceedings.
Forever scanning and checking his surroundings, the diminutive attacking midfielder used his brilliant spatial awareness to persistently time his runs and find openings within Villarreal’s defensive structure. He’d do so in a number of ways, making sure to vary his approach in order to make things unpredictable for his markers.
He’d target the gaps in between the Yellow Submarines’ right winger and right sided central midfielder, Samu Castillejo and Manu Trigueros, which crucially flattened out their midfield layering here, which not only allowed him to create numerical superiority in the left half space but also manufacture huge openings behind the opposition midfield.