Name: Sergio Canales
Club: Real Madrid
Attacking midfielder Sergio Canales caught the eye of Real Madrid while playing for his hometown club Racing Santander. The young playmaker made his first team debut for Racing in September 2008, however it wasn’t until the following season when he really made his mark on the first team. During the 2009/10 season, he played a major role in Racing’s fight to avoid relegation with 6 goals and 4 assists.
He’s a very calm and composed player, both on the ball and in front of goal. He’s got an eye for a pass, is very versatile because he can play as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder or a striker and he has a great left foot. These are just some of the reasons that tempted Madrid into bringing him to the Bernabeu in the summer.
There is a feeling however that his talents are wasted at Madrid because of the vast amount of talent they have at their disposal. He has only made 4 appearances this season in La Liga in games where Madrid have been in a comfortable winning position. As is common with Madrid, this wasn’t a signing that was made by the manager because he was bought before Mourinho took charge so it’s hard to know whether or not Mourinho sees him as part of his future plans.
Name: Mario Gotze
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Mario Gotze I’m glad to say is a player who I’ve seen play quite a few times for Borussia Dortmund. He’s been at the club since he was 8 years old and made his debut on 21st November 2009. So far this season he’s scored 6 goals and has 10 assists to his name in all competitions.
He received his first international call up for Germany’s friendly against Sweden where he made his debut coming on as a 2nd half substitute. He made his 2nd appearance in the recent friendly against Italy.
He fits in perfectly with the way Dortmund play as he can play in any position behind the main striker in their 4-2-3-1 system but has mainly been preferred on the right this season. He has all the same attributes as Sergio Canales and more because he is two-footed, he’s very quick, incredibly skillful, he contributes with a good number of goals and is a real threat with his long range shooting.
He does however suffer from the odd injury and has never completed a full season so it remains to be seen as to whether he can endure a full season in the Bundesliga.
Name: Nuri Sahin
Club: Borussia Dortmund
I’ve saved the best for last. Another of Dortmund’s young stars, Nuri Sahin is widely regarded as one of the best talents in Europe by the likes of former manager Bert Van Marwijk and current Turkey national coach Fatih Terim.
He made his first team debut on 6th August 2005 at the age of 15. He became the youngest player ever to have played in the Bundesliga and also became the youngest player to score in the Bundesliga on 25th November that same year. During his first two seasons for Dortmund, he made 47 appearances, scoring 1 goal. The following season he was loaned out to Feyenoord on a season long loan deal. He made 29 appearances, scoring 6 goals during his spell there. On his return to the Bundesliga he played a massive role in helping Dortmund finish 5th in the 2009/10 season. He started 33 out of 34 games, had 8 assists and scored 4 goals.
He is the youngest player ever to have played and scored for the Turkish national team. He has 22 appearances and 1 goal which came against Germany, the country of his birth.
This season in my opinion he has become the best midfielder in the Bundesliga. His performances against current champions Bayern Munich especially I think have proved this. In the two games this season that he has came up against Bastian Schweinsteiger, he has came out on top, scored and received the man of the match award on both occasions. So far this season he has 8 goals and 12 assists.
Sahin, who I see as more of a box to box midfielder, plays in a deep-lying role for Dortmund and is the key between defence and attack. His greatest strengths are his precise passing, his defence splitting balls and his incredible work-rate. As well as his offensive skills, he has great positional and spacial awareness and the ability to tackle and break up play.
Sir Alex if you’re reading this, please sign him up.
Yeah it's great. Everyone seems to have forgotton about Canales. He is an incredible talenty from what I've seen of him.
Milan play Lazio tonight.
I think Canales could do with a move away from Madrid to be honest if he's going to fulfill his potential. Mourinho doesn't seem to have any time for youth and I think it'll benefit him massively playing regular football. Maybe either a loan move back to Racing or a permanent move to a club where he's guaranteed to play week in week out.
4 appearances in the space of 6 months is ridiculous for a player with his quality. It's something which could seriously hinder his development if it continues like this.
You seem to have...
You seem to have missed out a certain Arda Turan.
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Apart from Euro 2008, I very rarely see Arda Turan.
Canales I've seen play quite a few times for Racing and a couple of times for Real Madrid and Spain U-17's and I see Sahin and Gotze play for Dortmund nearly every week.
I'm guessing you've been watching the Turkish league this season? If you have then, you will have noticed that Arda has rarely played. He has apparently been 'injured', but I don't believe that. He has openly said that he wants to go to a bigger European club and I think Galatasaray are forcing him to stay, so I think he's faking his injury.
I think he will definitely be leaving in the summer. There is lots of interest from all around Europe, I personally think he'll go to Italy, to a team like Juventus or Roma. Although I would love to see him in England.
Somebody should do an article about Serie A players. I don't watch Serie A as much as I do the Bundesliga and Dortmund especially.
I had to do Gotze and Sahin because they've been two of the stand out players in the Bundesliga this season and I would absolutely love to see them both at United, Sahin especially. He really could be an excellent replacement for Scholes in my opinion.
Stevan Jovetic is a great little player as well who plays for Fiorentina.
He was brilliant against Liverpool a couple of years ago.
Ac Milan beat Napoli 3-0
Poor performance from Napoli they seem to rely on Lavezzi a lot as they seem clueless when he's not in the side
Pato goal was wonderful he had a great second half.