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  01/07/2015: LazioLand Player of the Season - 4th: Lucas Biglia
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Lucas Biglia finished in 4th place in the voting for the top 5 Lazio players of the 2014-2015 season. As he ponders over a move to a “larger European club”, let’s take a moment to reflect on his contributions to the Biancocelesti’s cause this campaign. This was really a break out season for Biglia in the Lazio jersey, he came out of his shell and contributed to the squad in the way Lazio management anticipated he would when he was brought over from Anderlecht in the summer of 2013. Biglia is a more stay at home midfielder and likes to work in a deeper role, slightly in front of the two central defenders, when healthy, Biglia found comfort in partnering with Parolo in a 4-2-3-1 formation, the desired formation for Pioli. Biglia is also quite aggressive and does not shy away from a challenge; he works hard to retrieve the ball and is equally as capable defensively as he is distributing the ball forward.

Biglia was able to log 2,320 playing minutes for Lazio this season in Serie A, making 27 appearances in total. Unfortunately, Biglia was sidelined several times during the season due to injury, his absence was usually missed and without him Pioli reverted to his less aggressive 4-3-3 formation on the pitch or fielded Parolo with another candidate, usually Cataldi, Onazi or Ledesma to maintain the 4-2-3-1. Of the eleven games Biglia missed this season, ten were due to injury and one due to suspension for multiple yellow cards. Biglia was able to pick up three goals and two assists for Lazio this season. Biglia’s most memorable goal came in a 4-0 victory over Fiorentina in March of 2015, in fact, he almost had two identical goals in that match, he second volley from outside the box hit the crossbar, his first was not to be denied and a world class strike. Although Biglia did not contribute as high statistically as some of the other Lazio players on this top five list, he has to be commended for his contribution this season.

Biglia has great awareness and his first ball forward turning the Lazio attack loose is very precise, he has an above average pass completion percentage. Lazio scored several goals this season where Biglia was the architect of the play and if second assists were awarded, Biglia would have several of them. Biglia was also an important part of Lazio’s Coppa Italia run as he picked up a crucial goal against AC Milan to secure Lazio’s semi-final encounter against Napoli. Interestingly, from a team result and performance perspective, Lazio were six wins, two losses, and three draws without Biglia in the lineup. Biglia really is a superb talent and he would be sorely missed should the Argentine international choose to move on to bigger pastures this summer. Congratulations to Biglia on a fine season for Lazio!

Forza Lazio!

Author: Michael Petricca
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