Beast, it breaks my heart to tell you he was more or less 'kicked out' of Asturias for being too small. Everybody was cognizant of his amazing skills, but in the North we look for size, strength and speed.
The analysis of him wasn't unanimous by any means, but, you've got to take into account a very 'light' officiating, which means he could easily have been career ending injury hurt, and well, it made sense he went South.
Don't get me wrong, he was in great demand, and it was a financial transaction of great value for his club, it's not like he was a prophet in his own land, and slunk out at night before anyone knew.
I've always loved this guy. Always.
ETA Mata lasted longer, who in my opinion is more frail, before going South.
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