Thiago Alcantara: Midfield Sensation

By Aydin Reyhan
Thiago Alcantara
Henrik Alexandersen (Wikimedia Commons)

Thiago Alcantara, Barcelona and Under 21 Spain international, has already won multiple titles, and he is only 22 years of age. The attacking midfielder is known to pass, run, dribble, score and direct traffic. He wore the number 10 and the captain’s armband for a reason during Spain’s enthralling run to European Under 21 title.

He led Spain on a triumphant mission in which they won all of the games at the tournament that ended this past week. In the final, he scored a hat-trick in the first half, before his team went on to win 4-2 over another talented side in Italy. His scoring of course was the highlight of his performance, but the rest of his game is also what brought the victory.

Now that the tournament is over, club soccer is rapidly approaching and their interest in his services from one club may not go away anytime soon.

Premier League champions Manchester United are looking to sign the talented young play maker from Barcelona who have not allowed him to play as many games as others at the club. With Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas all favored above him, he may look to join the Premier League and play for its most prestigious club.

The La Liga is a league that fits his style to perfection as he plays for the champions. However, joining the Premier League  could improve his game physically as players in England tend to play a bit tougher than they do in Spain. His ability to control the ball, direct traffic, and hit out assists will all be on display in England.

Another reason that adds nothing but excitement on the idea of him joining United is playing alongside Japanese international Shinji Kagawa who is a similar player in both build and talent. When one has an off game, the other can take over.

Alcantara showed the world why he is captain of the U-21 side and proved why he is a player of starting caliber. Can he start for Barca anytime soon? Yes, in fact, he should. Will he? Probably not with the line of stars they have before him. Therefore, joining United is not the worst of ideas for the young attacker.



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