"I'm surprised, given the season that he has had. He's been outstanding ever since he's come here from Spain. He's also shown his versatility for us, something that I feel is a real asset in a player.
"He's able to adapt to a variety of positions. So sometimes you can change formation without having to make substitutions if you have a player of Zaby's flexibility on the pitch.
"That's a good trait to have, and Pablo is a great help in that respect. His performances levels in midfield this season have been excellent, while his performance at full back goes without saying."
He certainly has had an impressive season, not least because of the demands of playing in multiple positions. As impressive is the face he hasn't suffered a dip in form that the majority of imports to the Premier League experience during their first season in what is a very demanding league.
In the running for player of the season?