Monday, November 3, 2008

Gio on the move again?

Can it be possible? Giovani Dos Santos, former Barcelona prospect, now with Tottenham, will move again?

Rumors broke last week that Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has shown interest in the young Mexican and may make a move for Dos Santos come January.

Gio hasn't exactly torn apart the EPL. He's started just two of the six Premier League games he's played in and has not scored a goal. He's played in nine games overall, two UEFA Cup games and a Carling Cup match. Tottenham sit in last place in the EPL table.

Now, a move so suddenly may not necessarily be cause for concern. If Dos Santos is struggling to adjust the club or the country, perhaps a change of scenery would suit him well. But this may be more indicative of Dos Santos. Maybe he's not suited for the English style of play and would be better off somewhere else in Spain. Or maybe he's not quite the super talent he's been made out to be and is better off in a less rigorous league.

Whatever the case may be, Dos Santos could soon find himself with his third club in a span of six or seven months. And that does not bode well for any player, talented prospect or otherwise.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

gio seems way, way overrated... he has failed to meet expectations... he has also not looked great with el tri... could it a typical case of, uh, hyper inflation?

saludos, d

Anonymous said...

Gio is well talented. He was a contributor at Barca, his first pro club. He's still a youngster...

Albert said...

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Zac Lee Rigg said...

FIFA laws prohibit a player for playing for more than two clubs in a 12 month period. That was why Fulham couldn't buy Cousin last season. Gio can only move in the summer transfer window.

L.B. said...

Well, Nery Castillo was on Olympiakos last summer before moving to Ukraine and then ultimately landed with Man City, so a move for Gio from Tottenham to Chelsea is possible. But if there is a rule preventing players to switch clubs within leagues, ie Gio could move to Holland but not within the EPL, that may be a different thing altogether. And thanks Albert, glad to have you aboard!

Anonymous said...

I think the move to England was a bad move in my opinion. I thought he was coming along nicely at Barca, nothing spectacular, but he seemed to finally be adjusting, especially after his hat-trick in their last league game of the season (yes I realize that the game was meaningless, but a hat-trick in La Liga is still impressive). I think he became a bit impatient for first team minutes, and took the Tottenham offer. Also, I don't think he's well suited as a forward. He should be utilized as strictly a midfielder.

Zac Lee Rigg said...

Here's an article about Daniel Cousin that mentions the rule. There are waivers given (the most high profile was to Javier Mascherano because the Argentinians follow a different schedule than European clubs).

I can't find the clause that made Castillo's deal acceptable, but I have a hunch it had to do with his Manchester City deal being a loan gig initially.

Zac Lee Rigg said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7217143.stm

Article link.

Chris said...

Gio left Barca because his main supporter, Rijkaard, was leaving as well.

Inter and Chelsea tried to sign him but he went to Spurs because Juande Ramos had promised him consistency.

Spurs fans and the press rated Gio pretty highly when he got on the pitch so it's only a matter of time before Harry gives him a chance.

Not sure if going to Chelsea will be the right move for him.