Saying all Kroos does is find soft pockets and circulate possession like that's not an absolutely vital component to any functioning attack. Like soft pockets just magically appear at the highest levels.
Kroos is pretty high profile but the players that fill the regista and tempo setter type roles are almost always underappreciated not overrated, because people don't recognize their contributions.
Saying he produces nothing is so wrong it's not even funny. There's so much more to it than goals and assist.
And he's fine defensively. He's not a CDM or destroyer so expecting that kind of defensive output for him isn't right.
this. Just because Cdm is his position, doesn't mean that's his role. he's doing what Pirlo is doing at the end of career. What Alonso use to do. Doing what real wants, someone like Martinez wouldn't work, he's limited offensively and would slow down that offense. His job is to build from the back, he has Ramos and Pepe doing all the dirty work.