Adriano euphoric after scoring against Malaga. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Adriano Correia is one of the most versatile players in football. He can play as right or left back, on either wing, or even at centre back when called upon. This, coupled with some excellent performances, has made him one of Gerardo Martino’s favourite picks so far this season.

Getting goals

The 28-year-old has appeared in the last seven games, and started the last six, even scoring two goals in the process. He got the decisive goal in the game with Malaga (0-1) and also got the crucial second at Almeria (0-2).

Adriano has featured in nine official matches this season, seven in the Liga, totalling 595 minutes (513 as a starter and 82 as a sub) and two in the Champions League against Ajax and Celtic (188 minutes).

Now in his fourth season at FC Barcelona, it looks like the Brazilian is going to be featuring more prominently than ever under the new coach.