Andreas Pereira has secured a place alongside Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar in the top five ranking for most take-ons completed during the 2016/17 La Liga campaign.
Granada may have finished bottom of La Liga with just four league wins all season, but Pereira will return to Carrington this summer following a period of progression that saw him make 37 appearances.
The below statistic sheds light on just how much influence Pereira had during his nine month spell in Spain.
Most LaLiga take-ons completed this season:
Lionel Messi (126)
Iker Muniain (81)
Dani Ceballos (79)
Andreas Pereira (75) pic.twitter.com/dSmo4kRqTG
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 5, 2017
Sending promising young attacking midfielders to a club battling relegation usually ends in disaster, but this period with Granada could be the very thing that Pereira looks back on a few years from now as the turning point in his career.
Pereira may not have experienced winning every week in Spain, but he did receive an important induction to the daily vicissitudes of life as a professional footballer. He was thrown in at the deep end and, instead of freezing, decided there was nothing to lose and threw everything at imposing himself on a completely new league.
Time will reveal the true extent of what Pereira learned with Granada; what can be guaranteed for now, however, is that he returns to Carrington this summer equipped with a hardened, maturer attitude.