The Top 5 Players of the NBI 2017/18 Autumn Season

In the first of a series of articles, Tomasz Mortimer looks at the most interesting statistics of the Autumn season. This week we look at the top 5 players according to InStat

Marquinhos Pedroso –  Ferencvaros – Left Back – 270 points

Signed from Figueirense in late summer, Pedroso, who was at Gaziantepspor in the Turkish Super League last season, has been quite superb since moving to Ferencvaros. Excellent going forward with great ball control and pinpoint crossing, Pedroso is equally adept in defence averaging 4 tackles and 6 interceptions a game.

The departure of Cristian Ramirez to Krasnodar in January was a blow for Fradi, but Pedroso has filled that void with aplomb. At just 24, Pedroso is only on loan from Figueirense but Fradi will be doing all they can to secure his signature on a permanent basis, and they do a have a first-buy option on the deal.

Asmir Suljic – Videoton – Attacking Midfielder  – 263 points

Suljic has been pretty much as good as anything in NB I for four seasons now with his low centre of gravity and his mesmeric ability to bob and weave his way past onrushing defenders. This season Suljic has been at his mesmeric best with the 26-year-old averaging 7 successful dribbles and 3.5 key passes a game. Goals have been lacking this season as he only has 1, but those 8 assists more than make up for that.

Signed by Videoton in the 2015 summer transfer window from Ujpest, Suljic, who is Bosnian born but has Hungarian citizenship, must be close to a call up for the Hungarian national team.

Fernando Gorriaran – Ferencvaros – Centre Midfielder – 263 points

An incredible find by the Ferencvaros scouting team, Gorriaran was playing for River Plate in Uruguay last season and was signed out of the blue by Fradi back in July. Ever since arriving, the 23-year-old Uruguayan has looked a cut above the rest with his tidy technique and all action style.

Excellent defensively but also intelligent in the final third, Gorriaran has a little bit of everything averaging 5 tackles, 4.3 interceptions, 46 passes (85% accuracy), 0.95 key passes a game plus 1 goal and 3 assists (all in the last five games of the autumn season). It’ll be interesting to see how long this lad stays in Hungary.

Jozsef Windecker – Ujpest – Centre Midfielder – 262 points

The only Hungarian born player on the list, Windecker has gone under the radar this season but has been remarkably consistent in a very inconsistent Ujpest side. Windecker is averaging 5 tackles, 7 interceptions, 50 passes (80% accuracy), 0.6 key passes a game and has 2 goals and 1 assist.

Windecker, 25, has never been capped by Hungary, but has been a regular in NB I since 2012 for Siofok, Paks and Gyor before moving to Ujpest in 2015.

Danko Lazovic – Videoton – Attacking Midfielder – 260 points

Not everyone’s cup of tea, Lazovic is notorious for his playacting in NB I, but his ability on the pitch can’t be questioned. Now 34, Lazovic spent his younger years at some of Europe’s best clubs including Bayer Leverkusen, Zenit and PSV, and his class shines above most of his peers now in Hungary.

Lazovic has 10 goals and 5 assists in the league this season (and unsurprisingly 1 red card), and is averaging an incredible 6 key passes per game on top of that. This old flame is still burning very strongly right now.

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