Spain have so many talented, technical midfielders that it’s difficult to consider any of them their key player—if one underperforms, another usually steps up and provides the invention.
Spain have fewer players who offer directness. Left-back Jordi Alba is one, newcomer Diego Costa another.
But it’s Pedro Rodriguez who is the perfect “system player”—he’s never the most talented in his side, but he positions himself correctly, makes intelligent runs and gets into goalscoring positions.
He’s not even guaranteed to start, but Pedro has arguably been Spain’s best player over the last two years, scoring 12 goals since Euro 2012.
He should force his way into the side as a wide option, especially with Jesus Navas injured, and might complete the team as he did so effectively four years ago.