The story of Giovani Dos Santos has already taken many twists – once one of Barca’s top talents, Gio’s attitude led to is being allowed to leave the club where his career has stalled with injuries at Tottenham. There is still a Dos Santos on the Barca books though who the fans are very optimistic about – Gio’s little brother Jonathan. Jonathan is a year younger than Gio and has broken into the Barca first team at an older age than his brother did but the brothers’ styles are very different and Barca are still optimistic.
Whilst Gio was a feisty attacking midfielder/winger, Jonathan sits in midfield where he can work as a box to box defender with the ability to make a lot of tackles but also goes forward to support attacks. Jonathan displays tremendous passing ability and has played the role of playmaker for Barca’s youth teams as he can pick out team-mates remarkably well, possessing tremendous passing skills and vision. Whilst he prefers to hover around the middle of the field Jonathan does venture forward as part of Barca’s flowing attack system and isn’t afraid to launch a powerful shot from distance.
Whilst Gio failed to get into the good books of Frank Rijkaard and then Pep Guardiola, Jonathan has largely impressed the latter as he has a much better attitude than his brother and works very hard. It was Guardiola who brought Jonathan into Barca’s B team previously and now Guardiola who has brought the 19-year-old into the first team where he will remain at least until the end of the season. Guardiola’s faith in the younger Dos Santos brother has even led to Jonathan making appearances in the Spanish cup and Champion’s League already this season and lots more appearances will be on the horizon for the talented Mexican.
There’s nothing Barcelona fans love more than players who have worked their way up the club’s youth teams and reserves to establish themselves in the first team and the Barca fans are always very appreciative of any big talent that comes their way – which is a regular occurrence. Ask a Barca fan and they’ll tell you that Jonathan has a big future ahead of him – and that it is with them.
Whether Jonathan will be good enough to dislodge one of Barca’s big midfielders is yet to be seen as he is still developing but Guardiola has faith in him, his country have faith in him (Mexico have already given Dos Santos his international debut) and the fans have faith at him – giving Dos Santos much more of a chance to succeed at the Catalan giants than his brother owing to his willingness to wait for a chance in the first team. Should Jonathan continue his impressive performances and continue to show the right attitude then there is no reason why he cannot become a Barca star for years and years to come.