Giovanni Dos Santos has lost his way in recent times. His time at Tottenham has been both a troubling and frustrating one. But Juande Ramos’ signing has a chance to set the record straight in South Africa as he lines up in a slightly underrated Mexican side this summer.
It’s easy to forget that Dos Santos is only 20-years-old. He is already a well-known name and, thanks to his early start at Barcelona, seems to have been around for much longer than his age portends. His name first passed lips as he guided the Mexican U-17 team to World Cup glory in Peru in 2005 and since graduating from Barcelona’s famous youth academy his name has become globally known.
The young Mexican impressed once again at the U-20 World Cup in 2007 before, in 2008, Frank Rijkaard named him in his starting eleven for the first time the season’s final La Liga game against Real Murcia. Famously, Dos Santos took the opportunity with both hands and scored a remarkable hat-trick to signal his arrival at professional level.
He was quickly snapped up by an obviously impressed Juande Ramos shortly before his dour tenure with Tottenham was brought to an end. Unfortunately for Dos Santos, he promptly found himself out of favour with new manager Harry Redknapp. As a result, he has been loaned out, with some success, to Ipswich and Galatasary since the new manager’s arrival.
Dos Santos is certainly quite a gifted talent and obviously has many years ahead of him to improve. He may have a problem convincing Redknapp that he is a valid requirement within the Spurs set-up, however. The Mexican enjoys his success cutting inside from right midfield, supporting the forward man. Harry, on the other hand, need not express his clear favouritism of the 4-4-2; a formation that certainly doesn’t encourage Dos Santos’ role.
Could Harry see the World Cup as the perfect time to offload him therefore? Only time will tell.
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