Santa Cruz signed for Manchester City in 2009 as part of the team which was first taken seriously when City launched ambitions to de-rail Manchester United and Chelsea from the top of the English game.
Well it didn’t quite all work out with the Paraguay forward in and around the first team for two years before three loan deals with Blackburn Rovers, Real Betis and Malaga between 2011 and the end of last season.
It’s not all done and dusted just yet as the reports seems to suggest that Santa Cruz has two weeks to make up his mind, coinciding with the start of most transfer windows across Europe at the beginning of next month.
If the deal isn’t nailed down and agreed to then it could mean he’s available again but it’s a chance that he may not find easy to turn down, because there won’t be too many sides similar in calibre that will offer that sort of commitment.
He scored 15 goals in his combined loan spells in La Liga, which suggests that he can still do a job at the very top level of European football and although Hamburg missed out on top level European football for next season, it’s a move which should suit him well.
Santa Cruz now has the chance to prove anyone who ever doubted him wrong because at just 31-years-old he’s still got a lot to give and a lot to prove to so many people, who questioned his move to Manchester in the first place.
It will also be interesting to see how he gets on in his old league because Germany is where he made his name originally with Bayern Munich, scoring 31 goals as a younger player across an eight year period.
The Hamburg deal looks a formality but if it does by some minute chance fall through, there are plenty of reasons why some teams all over England should take a look at him.
His experience is key because he’s played in top leagues all across Europe so he’s more assured and reliable than going and poaching a younger, inexperienced player.
He’s also got a big point to prove in England because he went goalless throughout that last loan spell with Blackburn Rovers.
Are you surprised he’s got such a good move? Is he worth a gamble if that Hamburg deal falls though?
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