Saturday, July 17, 2010

Giovani dos Santos: A Future Star of Mexico

Mexico may not have reached the quarter final of FIFA World Cup 2010 after losing to Argentina, but the North Americans have some quality players who could rule the world in future, if they can successfully flourish their potential.

Attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos is one of them. The 21-year-old’s club form is not that much impressive as he spent the last two seasons at Ipswich Town and Galatasaray on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. However, the former Barcelona player showed his quality and talent in the World Cup while representing Mexico.

Giovani dos Santos could not score any goal in his 4 appearances in South Africa, but still his performance was convincing enough to earn him a FIFA nomination for the ‘Best Young Player of the Tournament’ award which eventually went to Germany’s Thomas Muller.

Dos Santos started his career at Barcelona youth side and made his professional debut with the Catalan side in 2007 at the age of 18. However, having seen intense competition in the stat-studded Barcelona squad, he moved to Premier League by signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.

It is pretty much clear that Giovani dos Santos is yet to shine at club level, but his performance for Mexico U-17 and U-20 as well national teams is very convincing. He was instrumental behind Mexico’s triumph in Under-17 World Cup 2005 where he became tournament’s second best player just after Brazilian midfielder Anderson.

It has now been three years Dos Santos has been playing for Mexico national team and has already earned 30 international caps to his credit and found the net on 5 occasions.

Overall, Giovani dos Santos has huge potential as a creative midfielder. He has excellent pace and can read the game very well. What he needs now is to keep improving consistently and work hard under a coach who can bring the best out of him.

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