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Sergi Roberto already has as many assists as Alves last season

The newly converted right-back currently has four assists in four games, the same as the Brazilian in 29 games over the 2015-16 campaign.

Sergi Roberto already has as many assists as Alves last season
ANDER GILLENEA AFP

Impressive numbers 

Sergi Roberto is one of the biggest sensations of this LaLiga season to date. According to data offered by Catalunya Radio on Saturday, the newly converted right-back currently has four assists in four games, the same number as Dani Alves in 29 matches last season. Last year, the Brazilian hit 70 crosses with a 42.8 accuracy rate, while the Spaniard has found a team-mate in 56.2% of his 16 crosses so far this season.

Growing into the position

“I’m getting a feel for it,” the La Masia graduate admitted in reference to his new position after Barcelona’s 5-0 thumping of Sporting Gijón on Saturday. Los Culés considered delving into the transfer market to find a replacement for the right-back position, but Luis Enrique finally decided that in Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal he had enough cover for the position.

The international spotlight

“I watch a lot of games and I haven’t seen a full-back like Sergi Roberto,” the Barça coach recently admitted. The Spaniard also covered the most ground in Barça’s first Champions League game, and his physique, positional sense and decision-making have also seen him form part of Lopetegui’s plans with the national side, where he will provide stiff competition for Real’s Dani Carvajal.