Atletico Madrid player, Saul Niguez has hailed Hector Herrera’s attitude on and off the pitch.
He, however, said while that he has to work extra hard to secure a starting position in the Atletico team.
Hector has started only one La Liga game since he joined from Porto in July, in his club’s goalless draw with Celta Vigo in September.
Reacting to this, Saul, who has featured in every minute of Atletico’s league campaign, believes Herrera’s performance vs Real Valladolid is proof that he is a positive mentality.
His words, “I think he’s amazing,”
“People are surprised that he hasn’t been getting game time but, at the end of the day, you have to earn it.
“We saw the other day when he played in a different position. We have always set an example for him, because he keeps training very well and, as I said, he wants to listen and to learn.
“And despite the fact he’s an experienced player, he’s open-minded. In the dressing room, he’s a very good guy.”
On other player, “Renan Lodi and Kieran Trippier, they’re great at getting up and down the wing,” Saul said. “They’re top players and they pose a real threat because they’re excellent at crossing.
“As for Felipe and Mario Hermoso, both of them are very experienced and top-class centre-backs, but their most salient and important feature – as with the rest of the signings – is that they have a willingness to learn and to listen, regardless of how experienced they may be.
“Joao Felix is getting more playing time than Saponjic but the same goes for him as the other lads. He’s always working hard in training, he’s a very strong guy when it comes to holding off defenders and creating space, and he has great movement in the box.”