3.13.2009

Gio Dos Santos: From Barca to the Coca Cola League

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If we could I'd like to talk about Gio Dos Santos for a moment. With the surprising announcement today (to me at least) that Tottenham have loaned the the 19 year-old Mexican international to Coca Cola Championship League side Ipswich Town aka The Tractor Boys I'm wondering what it would take for someone to take a chance on him stateside.

Less than a year ago he was the next big Mexican thing and scoring hat-tricks for Barcelona and now he's not good enough to stick it on the Spurs bench? Craziness. If anyone out there has a really good handle on what happened with him please share because I'm not sure if it's a Gio issue, a management issue or perhaps even a money issue that has sent him on his apparent downward slide.

So not to slight Ipswich Town but if he's playing there, why not play in Houston, at Chivas USA or one of the other clubs that has expressed interest in getting a known Mexican as a DP? The level would be about the same, he'd get loads of playing time and I'd recon he might put a couple of asses in seats. I dunno, just a few errant thoughts I had. Feel free to share your opinion on this if you have one.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

he is simply not that good. he was a highly touted youngster and, like freddy adu, never quite made it. it is not a management or money issue. the rest of the players his age caught up to his development and in most cases surpassed him. now that he is playing with the big guns, he fades into the sunset...

Max Borg said...

Whether he is good enough to make it in a big European club or not, he is not coming back to north america anytime soon, and if he does it will be south of the border. Not a bad idea but I dont see him coming to MLS, and I think he does have enough talent to stick to a mid level euro team if he can focus.

Anonymous said...

Also there might be some off-field stuff with him too -- I remember he had to be carried out of Spurs' Christmas party because he was too wasted to stand. Might have been a one-off, or it could be a sign of a larger problem. Either way, he's had a hard time winning over both managers he's had with Tottenham.

As for coming to MLS, not sure if you want a young, unproven kid to be among the highest earners in the league. Makes it hard to integrate with older teammates making 10-20 times less. Fred could tell him all about that.

devin said...

spurs just don't know how to use him...

are you tweeting yet SF?

Anonymous said...

maybe the fact that both Defoe and Keane r back in the tottenham side and they wud rather him get playing time. DEE DEE DEEEEEEEEEe. Anymore stupis posts?

andrewk said...

Dos Santos loaned to Ipswich Town?!?!
HAHAHHAHAHAHA!

Tito "PK" Puente said...

"maybe the fact that both Defoe and Keane r back in the tottenham side and they wud rather him get playing time. DEE DEE DEEEEEEEEEe. Anymore stupis posts?"

Are you certain you want to call someone else "stupis"?

SF said...

"are you tweeting yet SF?"

I used to do it a few years ago for one of the MTV blogs that I do, but not anymore. And I don't want to do it for this one because then it's too much like work and it's as if I'm working to try to make people come here, which I don't want to do.

latinogamer said...

he should go to a Spanish side or a French one. He would of been on the bench like Bojan if he stayed at Barca, but training with Barca would be better than playing in the Coca Cola League

Anonymous said...

Are you certain you want to call someone else "stupis"?

Ok well atleast one person was stupid enough not to get it.

EricJ said...

Carlos Mencia is not funny.

man-from-michigan said...

It is very unfortunate that this is happening to these young players. While a lot laugh at Gio, you can also laugh at Jozy and Adu, they are going through the same thing. This is not good for the US or Mexico. I would rather see these guys playing in MLS and Mexico than riding the pine overseas.


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ddt5583 said...

he'd make a pretty good replacement for Blanco when he leaves mexicago next year

joel es latest soccer news said...

This is a good move for him. He should get playing time.

Matt said...

Yeah I actually brought this up with Ives a few months ago. I think Gio is another talented young kid who just tried to skip all the middle steps and go straight to the top. He needs playing time and solid coaching to improve.

IMO, these are the type of players that MLS needs to focus on. There are a lot of MLS cities with huge Mexican-American populations where Gio could develop into a star. As an RSL fan he would be a perfect fit and a huge sell in the box office. A huge percentage of the RSL fanbase is Mexican-American and there is also a huge population that has yet to embrace RSL and MLS.

He would be a huge hit and I am quite frankly surprised that nobody has tried to attract him yet. He may not be a DP but I wonder if he would come in as a high earning non-DP around $400K/year. I would love RSL to get him.