Gavi, the latest Golden Boy winner, has proven to be a great with the ball but his movements off the ball and tactical understanding must also be highlighted as key of his success. Gavi’s ability to be dynamic and eye for detail results in him being a tactical asset for FC Barcelona and the Spanish National Team. Moreover, Gavi’s great positional sense allows him to understand spaces very well and therefore allows him to be fluid on the field. This also allows him to drop into valuable positions on the pitch when the Spanish National Team is building-up with the ball, resulting in effective progression.
In Spain’s first World Cup match against Costa Rica, Gavi demonstrated how a player with this perception skills and knowledge can be crucial for the outcome of the match. In the demonstrated example, Gavi drops to a lower part of the pitch, resulting in the Costa Rican midfielder who is pressing Busquets, to follow him and break the defensive line. As a result, Laporte is able to easily find Busquets, who is now free from opponent pressure, and continues the attacking build-up for Spain.
Simple movements like this one from Gavi allowed Spain to have great fluidity throughout the whole match. Through his perceptive intellectual, Gavi’s movements attribute to the offensive building-up of Spain and it proved to be very successful. Additionally, these movements create uncertainty within the opponent’s midfielders and defense, often leading to an easil break the defensive lines of Costa Rica.