It’s rather incredible to think Barcelona have spent the season with a central midfielder playing at right-back after letting Dani Alves leave for Juventus last summer.
The Brazilian has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Old Lady but particularly during the business end of the season, grabbing two goals in the first leg and scoring a stunner in the second during the Champions League semi-final with Monaco, and he produced yet another result-clinching performance last night in the Coppa Italia final.
Juventus marched further towards a potential treble with a 2-0 win over Lazio, Alves scoring the first goal of the evening with a close-range volley that was fired into the ground and bounced over Thomas Strakosha’s arms to crash into the inside netting.
But that was by no means the South American’s only contribution; he also finished up with the most successful dribbles, tackles and second most created chances of any player on the pitch, not to mention a 90% passing accuracy – a fantastic return considering Alves spent much of his time in the middle and final thirds, operating predominantly as a right winger.
According to Duncan Castles, Tottenham are lining up Alves as a potential replacement for Kyle Walker, as their new dynamic right-back who can provide width and attacking flair on the overlap. Based on his performance last night – not to mention the 34-year-old’s famous successes with Barcelona – he’d be a real coup for the north Londoners and perfect for that Walker-esque role.