Tuesday, June 10, 2008

So how good is Giovani dos Santos?

First Modrić, now Giovani dos Santos. I, like most Spurs fans, can have no complaints so far with Ramos’ recruitment drive. Earlier today Tottenham announced that Giovani has completed his move, for an initial fee of €6 million, potentially rising to €11 million depending on appearances. I also understand that Barcelona are entitled to 10% of any future transfer fee (or 20% if it is during the next two years). Gio has signed a five-year deal.

OK he's not yet a household name, but dos Santos has a rapidly improving reputation. Although only just 19, he was part of the Mexican team that won the Under-17 World Cup in 2005, a competition in which he was awarded the Adidas Silver Ball (for being identified as the second best player of the tournament).

Since then he has gone from strength to strength. On the international front he scored three goals and won the Adidas Bronze Ball in the Under-20 World Cup in 2007, before breaking into the full national side. He currently has five caps to his name.

At club level he worked his way through the Barcelona youth system, making his competitive league debut in September 2007. Last season he made 38 appearances, scoring four and setting up a further four (which included a final day hat-trick against Real Murcia).

It’s no great surprise that he’s been labelled as the new Ronaldinho, as the following clip shows:



Let’s face it, he’s pure class. Yes he’s young and may not yet be ready for 50 matches in a season, but I think he’s got a massive future ahead of him and I’m thrilled he’s chosen Spurs as his next destination. I don’t know enough about Ramos’ reputation for bringing on youngsters, but I have high hopes for our new signing.

I think there are a number of roles he could play for Tottenham, so it will be interesting to see where he’s deployed. Technically he’s an attacking midfielder or striker, who is predominantly left-footed. I’m not sure that it we’d get the best out of partnering him with Robbie upfront, and I don’t think we can play with two central attacking midfielders (i.e. alongside Modrić) so I’d favour starting him on the left wing. Wherever he plays, it’ll be exciting viewing next season.

Although we haven’t yet replaced Berbatov, the two signings we have made both show there will be no shortage of quality on view at WHL next season.

And finally, the little pr*ck from down the Seven Sisters Road can shut up. Carlos Vela, Giovani’s Mexican team-mate who has yet to figure for Ar5ena1’s first team, has gone on record congratulating his buddy for moving to Spurs, but added, “He is a very good player and let’s hope he can then move on to a better team.” Whatever. Vela who?

What also raised a smile was the Paedophile’s public comments that Modrić is the player to watch at Euro 2008. It seems our neighbours are somewhat jealous of our new signings…

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

bring on next season!!with a midfield of GDS, Modric, Huddlestone, Lennon?! COYS!!

Anonymous said...

When Dos Santos played for us (Barça of course) he was the fastest player we had on short distances like 50 meters. faster than allmighty Messi...

Anonymous said...

vela wouldn't start our team he's just a sour little b*stard.

Anonymous said...

second that vela is crap he says gio will only use us as a stepping stone!!! actually say that wen uve got in the scum team and played for a team like barca wat an arogant c*nt

Anonymous said...

He's very pretty ...

Anonymous said...

did a bloke say "he's very pretty"

haha,
Great Player