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Giovani dos Santos to Leave Tottenham for Liverpool?

Giovani Dos Santos Giovani Dos Santos of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the pre-season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina at White Hart Lane on August 7, 2010 in London, England.

Since joining Tottenham from Barcelona in 2008, Giovani dos Santos has never really had a fair run in the team. He has talent, he has the ability, but he doesn’t get the game time at White Hart Lane, and with Tottenham’s recent surge to success in the Champions League as wel as at home inthe Premier League, it seems as if a first team place will start to become even more unlikely for the tricky Mexican.

The 21-year-old had a good World Cup, playing his part, alongside Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, in helping Mexico through their group stage; beating France in the process. He was even nominated for the FIFA young player of the tournament award, which eventually went to German striker Thomas Muller. But on his return to Tottenham, he found that Rafael van der Vaart had been bought, and his place in the team was all but gone.

The Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp pointed out the former Barcelona man’s main weakness:

“If he could pass a nightclub as well as he can pass a ball, he would be all right.”

And although admitting that dos Santos has “bags of ability and fantastic skill”, his dedication to the Tottenham cause was questionable.

Dos Santos is now being linked to a number of clubs in terms of destinations for a possible transfer, with Liverpool being among the names. He would provide good width to the Liverpool side, as well as his trickery and creativity – things that Liverpool need a big injection of if they are to climb back up to their perch with Roy Hodgson. At his young age of 21, dos Santos has plenty of time to improve his game, or his dedication to football, as Redknapp pointed out, and the fee shouldn’t be too high since he hasn’t exactly had a chance to showcase his talents at Tottenham.

The youngster has been labelled as a “flop” by some, but with only 10 League appearances under his belt, it really can’t be judged whether the signing was a failure. He hasn’t had a chance to show what he can really do at Tottenham, but with Liverpool, and their depleted squad, a little bit of Mexican skill and passion would be welcomed with relief to the injury ridden squad.



  1. mark

    December 4, 2010 at 11:04 am

    if talking for his ability,than yes keep him and give the chance to show what he can do.his a great talented player,but if he likes the bad life,than we dont need him.

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  3. Ganesh

    December 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    i think Liverpool lack in bench strength. . .
    Wat we have if Mereiles or gerrard or kuyt injured. . . we lack creative skillful players. . .
    He is good addition to our Squad. . .

    He s cheap wen compared to other players of his age and skills. . .

  4. Sam Wanjere

    December 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    The kid has skill as his WC2010 performances showed. What would worry me though is if we’re getting another Babel or Ronaldinho. Brilliance is one thing, discipline entirely another. I would hate prima donnas at Anfield, regardless of talent they have. From a playing point of view, I’d love this player and a coach at LFC other than Hodgson.

  5. Gym Blog

    December 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I would take him. He looked brilliant for Barca, but sinse he has been at spurs he his career has come to a half for the last two years. Bit of a waste tbh. He was the next big thing. Thats the problem with spurs, as soon as they hear someone from a big club is available, they will bite your hand off for him blind without even knowing if they fit into their team. VDV on the flipside has been good, but there have been plenty of sh.tters kicking about.

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  7. Essexian76

    December 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Yeah take him to scouseland asap, if you judge any player on the WC then you’re really not very knowledgeable about the expectations and requirements of the EPL!. Dos Santos is never a EPL player, he may offer the occasional glimpse of talent, but his commitment and desire are sadly lacking. Remember Dani?, the old West Ham player and part time model, peas in pod mate!

    • ed

      December 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      Your an idiot and have no idea of a good player when you see him,Pathetic

  8. Essexian76

    December 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Me and Redknapp, plus the Turkish manager, plus the Barca manager, list is endless isn’t it Berk!

    • Nah Mate!

      December 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      The Turkish manager was the Barca manager, mate. You ever heard of a guy named Frank Rijkarrd. At 21, being a World Champion, being the reason why Mexico even made it to the WC, and playing superbly at the WC, why would you want to play in Turkey? Common sense, homie.

  9. Nah Mate!

    December 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    There isn’t a single player that will produce in as few games as Dos Santos has had at Tottenham. At Barca he produced. When he went to Ipswich he produced. At Galatasaray he produced. For Mexico he produced. During THIS preseason he produced. How is it that only with Redknapp he can’t produce?

    Truth is… Redknapp has too many great players and he doesn’t know what to do with them.

  10. Essexian76

    December 4, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    At Barca he produced?, why sell him then!. Ipswich aren’t a Premiership side, and Mexico aren’t either, for heavens sake why cant you see the patently obvious, the guys got talent enough, but he’s not got the desire or the intellect to compete at EPL Level. We paid good money for zero return, and ended up loaning him out to two sides. Why then weren’t his Turkish side bidding to keep him if he’s that brilliant, simple enough..perhaps not!

    • GagoMarcos

      December 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      OK so if he wasn’t producing as you like to say, then why did Tottenham pay for his transfer in the first place?

  11. Little D Mama

    December 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Well said Nah Mate…..Put on any team and givin a fair chance this boy can play! plain and simple. Cant wait to see what happens. QUE VIVA LA RAZA!!!!!

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  13. Johnny

    December 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I’d love to see Gio at anfield. It’ll be a perfect add to the squad at this moment. There he will get playing time and can show what he’s capable of. BTW lmao the Barca manager was the same as the actual Turkish (galatsaray) manager. Only reason why they couldnt keep him was cause of the tag price and couldn’t afford him. Learn your facts before you talk, lad.

  14. Rudy

    December 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Gio Great Player!! Redknapp idiot!!

    • Rudy

      December 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

      Gio Great Player!!

  15. miggy

    January 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Very well written article…gio has never been given a chance

  16. Robert hews

    January 7, 2011 at 1:28 am

    He may not show commitement, but, what he had been through with The Spurs last couple of years, I believe it had helped him to mature the hard way. After all, I had been following this mate seens youngster and has amazing skill, creativity, vision and speed. If you dont believe, ask Zizou what he told to espn at WC2010 when they ask him about Gio’s performance

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