Normal service has been resumed. After an absence of one week, Dani Alves has been returned to the right back position in our Spanish football team of the week....
The Brazilian has featured almost every single week throughout this season, and every single week we look out for a performance from another player that could dislodge him: to no avail.
If there is a better RB than Dani Alves playing in Spain at the moment, please let us know.
GK: Abbondanzieri (Getafe)
LB: Peña (Múrcia)
CB: Puyol (Barcelona)
CB: Quique Álvarez (Recreativo)
RB: Dani Alves (Sevilla)
LM: Simao (Atletico)
CM: Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao)
CM: Borja (Valladolid)
RM: Varela (Mallorca)
CF: Xisco (Deportivo)
CF: Agüero (Atletico Madrid)
Alongside some of the more familiar faces like Carles Puyol and 'Pato' Abbondanzieri, there are a number of debutantes as well bringing a blend of youth and experience to our side.
Francisco Peña makes his debut at left back in spite of seemingly having been around for years. The 29 year old is probably what you would class as a journeyman, having floated around at clubs like Albacete, Levante and Jerez throughout his career, and is one of those unheard of players, outside of Spain, that makes up the essential supporting cast of La Liga every weekend. He was an integral part of Murcia's successful push for promotion last season and on Sunday evening put in an impressive defensive, no frills, display in his side's 1-0 win over Valencia.
Javi Martinez also makes his debut after putting in an outstanding midfield performance for Athletic Bilbao in their hard fought win over Espanyol. The 21 year old dominated the midfield, working tirelessly and making his presence felt effectively at both ends of the field. He made countless interceptions, was rugged in the tackle and effective in distribution.
La Liga Review suspects that this won't be the last time that Javi Martinez gets a mention on these pages. Definitely one to watch out for.
Xisco gets the call up in attack for the second week running and the 21 year old seems to be in fine form at the moment: scoring two more at the weekend to make it five goals in his last two games. He made the breakthrough in to the first team at Depor last season but took his time in adjusting to the top flight football. However, he certainly seems to have found his feet and is flourishing under a change in formation that relies on him as the lone striker, but provides him with plenty of service from the flanks.
Kun Agüero, along with the outstanding Simao, gets the call up from Atletico following their six goal attacking display on Sunday. Agüero, like Alves is also becoming something of a regular and is most definitely putting in a decent bid to become our player of the season. The young Argentine took a year to adjust to life in La Liga and at the start of this season found himself living in the shadow of fellow countryman Lionel Messi: with all eyes on the Barcelona player as the 'next Maradona.' However, free from the burden of expectation and with Messi injured, young Kun has stamped his authority all over Spain this season with his pace, power and finishing and can certainly claim to have been, at least this season, the best young Argentine player in Spain.