Giovani Dos Santos: Can Dos Santos Use Gold Cup Success to Jump Start Pro Career
Giovani Dos Santos' Career is Stalling Away From Team Mexico
Giovani Dos Santos stole the show in the 2011 Gold Cup final. He played strong all game, and then capped his performance with the goal of the tournament.
The goal came off a spectacular series of moves that him eluding a hard charging Tim Howard, then avoiding two American defenders as he chipped a shot with the perfect touch and trajectory to just clear Eric Lichaj's head, yet sail under the goal post. His efforts earned him Man of the Match honors.
Spectacular international play is nothing new for Dos Santos. He has often tormented America. However, his recent club play has not been up to the same level.
Dos Santos has all but disappeared from the club play since being acquired by Tottenham in 2008. He was dropped from the league squad, and sent on loan to Ipswich Town. Dos Santos played well enough to be brought back from his loan, but again toiled with little playing time.
This led to him being sent on loan to Galatasaray with an option for them to purchase his contract. They declined after Dos Santos underwhelmed.
So he went back to Tottenham to toil on the bench before being sent on loan to Racing Santander. Dos Santos played very well, and again he finds himself back on Tottenham, but likely with little playing time ahead of him.
Dos Santos is only 22 years old. He still has plenty of time to find his spot, and as he displayed in the Gold Cup, he is capable of elite level play. However, he needs the playing time to show it.
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