Former Tottenham player Giovani Dos Santos doesn’t seem to be missing his Spurs days.
It can’t be considered a mistake that Spurs sold Gio Dos Santos last summer for £1 million because they’re having one of their best Premier League seasons in living memory.
However, the price they let him leave for, a million quid, seems remarkable considering the consistency and effect he’s had after settling down at Real Mallorca.
His figures of three goals and three assists from 16 games doesn’t tell the whole story because after time on loan at Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing Santander, he seems to finally have somewhere he can now call home.
The most noticeable change in Dos Santos from his days at Tottenham is the free role he seems to have at Mallorca. His best position is a straight up attacking midfielder and this is where he plays for the La Liga club.
His best core skills have always been his ability to pick out a pass and his control when in possession, these are two things he has demonstrated regularly at Mallorca because the majority of the side’s attacking play goes through him.
He’s always been a small player which is one of the reasons he always struggled in English football.
He seems much more at home in a league where contact is less prevalent and where the officials generally offer players like him, much more protection from unconventional tactics such as kicking.
His permanent move to Mallorca seems to have had a ‘going home’ sort of effect in the respect that we all feel much happier and secure when we’re in a place that is familiar and comfortable to use.
The issue he now faces is improving his consistency and that is only something he can do himself.
He’s under pressure to improve his production quickly because Mallorca are in the bottom three of La Liga and staring relegation in the face because they are seven points behind Real Zaragoza who hold 17th as things stand.
If Dos Santos can stay in the team for the rest of the season and if he can maintain playing in La Liga then the fact he’s only 23-years-old suggests he’s only going to get better and better, which may make Spurs curse the day they ever sold him.
Here he is in action for Mallorca...
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