David Beckham raves about Giovani dos Santos after MLS debut

Giovani Dos Santos

The former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker celebrated his first league appearance for the LA Galaxy with a goal and assist to help them beat the Seattle Sounders 3-1.

LA Galaxy new boy Giovani dos Santos earned plenty of plaudits on Sunday night following a show-stealing MLS debut, including from none other than David Beckham.

The former Galaxy midfielder was at the StubHub Center to see the Mexican playmaker open his MLS account and set up club captain and ex-Tottenham Hotspur teammate Robbie Keane’s goal during a 69-minute run-out, as the hosts rallied to beat Western Conference rivals Seattle Sounders 3-1.

Speaking to the team’s official website after the match, Beckham could not help but lavish praise on the former Spurs and Barcelona prospect, while also hailing him as the prefect successor to the retired Landon Donovan.

“Bringing Gio in is a massive thing. He’s 26-years-old, he’s played at some of the biggest clubs in Europe, he’s a proven goal scorer,” said Beckham. “For him to come into this league, what he does for Mexico is huge. People love him; he’s a great character, a great goal scorer, and a great person as well.”

“He’s the perfect No. 10 to take over from Landon. Obviously with Landon leaving, the Galaxy needed a No. 10 like him to come in, a proven goal scorer and a great player.”

Dos Santos, 26, joined LA from La Liga outfit Villarreal last month for around $7 million [£4.5 million] following a long-running pursuit of his signature, before going on to score on his club debut in last Thursday’s 5-1 CONCACAF Champions League victory over Trinidad & Tobago’s Central FC.

The Mexico international’s struggles at Tottenham were well-documented, having managed just three goals in 33 total appearances for the Premier League side following his move from Barcelona in June 2008, but he has since experienced better success after returning to Spain to join Real Mallorca in August 2012.

His 2013-14 campaign, when he racked up 11 goals and eight assists in 31 La Liga games to help Villarreal seal a sixth-place finish, saw him labelled one of the league’s star performers and, while last season’s fitness problems restricted him to just one strike in 27 outings, he has continued to be a regular starter for El Tri.

That status is sure to make the 90-times capped forward a huge hit in Southern California and, with the Galaxy's attack already boasting the likes of Keane, Gerrard and US international Gyasi Zardes, few would bet against the MLS Cup holders going on to claim a fourth title in five seasons with him now on board.

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