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Assist king Jordi Alba enjoying the best season of his career

The stats show just how impressive the left-back’s been

FC Barcelona v CD Leganes - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Jordi Alba was at it again in the Copa del Rey against Sevilla, playing a key role in Barcelona’s 6-1 win.

The full-back grabbed his 11th assist of the season when he set up Luis Suarez for Barcelona’s fifth goal of the night.

He then made it 12 as he got the final touch before Lionel Messi completed the rout with Barcelona’s sixth goal.

Alba now has more assists in a season than he’s managed in his entire top-flight career so far. And it’s only January.

Alba has been consistently brilliant all season long, and he shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. His link-up play with Lionel Messi down the left flank has been a feature of Barcelona’s play, and the club will be hoping he can maintain his form.

The left-back has already proven Luis Enrique wrong this season, forcing his way into the Spain squad despite being left out initially by the former Barcelona boss. Indeed you got the feeling that Lucho really didn’t want to pick him, it’s just Alba left him absolutely no choice in the matter.

Now we just need Barcelona to secure his future. Alba has repeatedly said he wants to stay at Barcelona, but he’s still yet to sign a contract renewal. President Josep Maria Bartomeu has said this week he’s told Alba he wants him to stay for five more years, let’s hope he puts pen to paper soon.

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