What to expect from new Spanish signing Markel Susaeta

Melbourne City have completed an extraordinary piece of business by announcing earlier this morning the rest-of-season signing of 32-year-old, one-time Spanish international Markel Susaeta, who’ll be a direct replacement for (and a definite upgrade on) the departed Javier Cabrera out on the right wing.

The experienced winger has made over 500 appearances for famed Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, including 379 in La Liga, where he’s scored 38 goals and contributed 60 assists.

Susaeta also boasts an impressive continental career, making 54 Europa League appearances for 10 goals and 12 assists (including reaching the Final in 2012 against Atletico Madrid), as well as featuring in all six group-stage games of Bilbao’s 2014/15 UEFA Champions League campaign.

Whilst you’ll be familiar with these stats if you’ve already read the signing announcement on the club website, we’re also interested in trying to identify exactly what qualities Susaeta brings to the table and how he’ll benefit our other forwards and the team as we fend off competition for second spot.

Whilst the Spaniard (only the second one we’ve signed by the way – go on, who was the first?) can play on either wing, he was more prolific on the right during his tim