Every season in Spain is full of surprises.
Clubs that are expected to do well and finish in the top of the tables end up disappointing and failing to live up to their potential—see Sevilla from last season or Atletico Madrid the year before as proof.
Other clubs surprise everyone and end up finishing well above their weight in the league. Levante and Mallorca come to mind here as recent examples.
The same surprises come at the individual player level as well. Each season gives us surprise breakout stars that most people never saw coming.
Two years ago Salomon Rondon became a smash hit when he scored 14 goals in his first season with Malaga. That same year, David de Gea developed into one of the league's best keepers.
Last season, Michu surprised everyone in Spain by leading all midfielders with 15 goals before carrying his great form to England this year.
Other players such as Isco and Mateo Musacchio had breakout campaigns as well.
It is still early in the season, but already we are seeing glimpses of the same sort of surprising play and breakout potential from many players in Spain.
Some are young stars who are poised to start proving their talent while others are getting their first shot at the first division.
What follows is a list of five surprise stars in La Liga so far this season.