Giovani Dos Santos moved from Barcelona to Tottenham back in 2008, but the promising youngster failed to make an immediate impact and has only played around 15 games for the north London club. Considering his recent displays for his country in the World Cup, are Tottenham missing a trick by not playing the 21-year-old?
You would think with the Mexican attacking midfielder being so young he still has a chance to make an impression on Harry Redknapp and Spurs.
Dos Santos has been shipped out on loan twice since he arrived at White Hart Lane to Ipswich and Galatasaray. At Ipswich the midfielder played eight games and scored four times, with an assist to his name also.
The Lilywhites youngster had joined Turkish club Galatasaray on loan in January 2010 reuniting with his former boss at Barcelona Frank Rijkaard, who had an option to buy the player at the end of the loan spell. After 13 games Dos Santos failed to get on the score sheet, but he laid on three assists for his team-mates.
For Mexico the player seems to be showing the talent that Tottenham invested in and was one of the best players on the pitch during the World Cup opener when Mexico met hosts South Africa. But even earlier than that he caught the eye of England’s fans when the Three Lions played and beat them 3-1…the result was flattering on Fabio Capello’s men.
He was also instrumental for Mexico during their 2-0 win over the disappointing France last night (Thursday). He has certainly looked a lot better in the tournament than Spurs’ reported transfer target Steven Pienaar of Everton. Surely they could save a bit of money here and persevere with their own young attacking midfielder.
The only question marks over his attitude after he had threatened to quit his country after his brother Jonathan Dos Santos was omitted from Javier Aguirre’s plans, but his brother talked him back into going. Even though he seems to be over this issue many may still worry about the temperament of the player.
As Tottenham will be competing in the Champions League next season many believe that they will seek to strengthen their squad, but in Dos Santos they already have at least one talented young player under their nose and I believe there is a lot he can offer Redknapp’s first team.
The White Hart Lane faithful will still want more end product from Dos Santos should he have a future at the north London club as like his national side he does everything well, but can sometimes lack the punch necessary in the final third in terms of goals and assists.
At the very least his impressive World Cup displays are raising the player’s stock and transfer value, so if Spurs did decide to cash in on the player after the World Cup would probably be the best time to do it.
I’m sure many may be divided over the whole Giovani Dos Santos issue, but do the Tottenham fans think the player still has a future at White Hart Lane?