Real Madrid: 5 biggest takeaways from the month of February

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Toni Kroos
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Toni Kroos has a case for being the best midfielder in the game

While February certainly isn’t the first month in which Real Madrid center midfielder Toni Kroos has earned high praise, his sheer statistical brilliance has taken center stage in Spain’s capital. Kroos recorded four key passes in each of his four appearances in February, only missing the 2-0 win over Getafe due to suspension.

In total, Kroos averaged 4.4 key passes per game and recorded one goal and two assists. He really should have had more assists, but the forwards were both stagnant and wasteful, especially in Real Madrid’s most recent games.

Kroos’ contributions to the attack have never been more necessary than right now. Real’s forwards just aren’t good enough due to the mounting injuries. Eden Hazard and Rodrygo Goes should be back soon, at least, and the same for Karim Benzema, who was missed in the narrow wins over Real Valladolid and Atalanta.

But like a true Madridista, Kroos does not complain about injuries. His mentality is too high, as it should be if you want to excel at this club. What Kroos does is simple; he just goes out there and produces at the highest possible level. There are a lot of players in Europe who could take his example, and Kroos’ chance-creation statistics present a strong case that there is nobody better, especially when accounting for his importance to Los Blancos.