- Asier Illarramendi will give Carlo Ancelotti a lot of options. The great Spanish analysis site Ecos del Balón published this brilliant tactical piece on his game. Our friend David León explains Illarra's game by saying that he's not Xabi Alonso's clone. León says that Illarra likes to go forward a lot more, while his passing isn't as good as Alonso's. In the comment section, site manager Abel Rojas explains that he is the Spanish Daniele de Rossi. He can play as a number 5 but also as a number 6. Both of them think this is a great signing for Real Madrid. Both of them also think that Illarra is very well suited to play alongside Luka Modric.
- Spanish site Perarnau Magazine gives its own perspective on Illarra's game in this piece. This time, they say that Illarramendi will bring a lot of balance to Real Madrid's team. He combines the defensive workrate of a great defensive midfielder with a very good ability to set good plays for his teammates without being a defensive or attacking midfielder. He's the whole package.
- Sphera Sports are a bit more worried about Illarramendi's future because of the value of his transfer. But as Illarramendi stated in his press conference, he doesn't care about those things.
- El Enganche says that Illarramendi is a great deal for Real Madrid. He will be a good replacement for Xabi Alonso, according to their own report and analysis of the transfer.
What are your thoughts on Illarramendi's game?