Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) secured a vital 2-0 win over rivals Pahang which puts them in pole position to win the 2017 Super League title. The latest win keeps them nine points abreast of Kedah, with Pahang a further three points behind - all with seven matches remaining on their league calendar.
At the heart of their win was none other than Natxo Insa, JDT's new mid-season signing from Spanish Segunda Division club, Levante. This is only the third competitive match that the midfielder has played for JDT but at no time in the game did he look out of place in Ulisses Morais' side.
He was involved in both goals - providing the pre-assist to Mohammed Ghaddar to create the first goal for Gonzalo Cabrera, then still having the energy late on in the match to burst into the box to finish off Safiq Rahim's pass to secure the 2-0 win for JDT.
Used alongside Amirulhadi Zainal and Safiq Rahim, Insa's boundless energy stands out as his role of being the box-to-box midfielder requires. His assured touch and nous of game, highlighted by him consisting finding his team mates with passes as well as one dribbling run that earned JDT a free kick in a dangerous area in the first half.
Even though Insa is already 31 years old, he looks set to be one of the best players in the country for at least a couple more years. Given that he now has acquired a Malaysian passport through his heritage, which allowed him to be registered as a local player, Insa could well be in-line to earn his first international call when the next round of call-up is announced by Malaysia's national head coach, Nelo Vingada.
After Luciano Figueroa, JDT fans now have another bald-headed superstar to call one of their own.