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We can say that Raúl de Tomás is 62.5 percent of Espanyol’s triumphs. And it would be on the one hand inaccurate, because the merit of the parakeets is coral. But not uncertain: of the eight goals of the parakeet team, he has scored four and has delivered another in the form of assistance –To Aleix Vidal, against Betis–. What is beyond doubt is that RdT, in addition to being a promoter of meditation – that’s how he celebrated his Monday goal against Cádiz – he has become an specialist in what costs the most in matches: he is the LaLiga can opener.

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His four targets this season, all of them scored at the RCDE Stadium –Which makes him the First-class player who scores the most at home, only surpassed by Karim Benzema, with five goals–, have meant 1-0 for Espanyol. And they have ended up giving him nine points to your team. Only that of his first scorer, at Espanyol-Atlético de Madrid on September 12 – a header from a corner thrown by Adrián Embarba – was sterile (1-2). The rest have led to victories.

Before him Alaves (1-0), on September 22, with a converted penalty after missing three last season. In front of Real Madrid (2-1), on October 3, in a shot with the left foot to the center of Embarba. And this past Monday, against him Cádiz (2-0), taking advantage of a shot at the crossbar by Loren Morón on the edge of the break after a corner kick.

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* Data updated as of October 19, 2021

It so happens that takes exactly the same goals, four, that accumulated at this point –After nine days– the previous season in Second Division. And then he ended up scoring a whopping 23, which earned him to become the top scorer in the category. And they are no more because they have canceled another four: two against Alavés, one highly debatable against Sevilla and another, despite a stellar finish, on this last day with Cádiz.

In short, either for his four targets or for his assistance, ten of the 12 points of Espanyol in the First classification bear the stamp of Raúl de Tomás: 2-2 against Betis, 1-0 against Alavés, 2-1 against Real Madrid and 2-0 on Monday. In the other two remaining he did not contribute decisively, as is obvious, since it is the 0-0 against Osasuna and Villarreal. But His streak is beyond doubt, except to go to the National Team. Hence you may have given it for meditation.