Jesus Navas, the former Sevilla winger who had chronic home sickness, has finally left the nest to join Premier League giants Manchester City.
Sure, he is already 27 years old and is only just making his big European move from a decent Spanish team to a great English one, but still, this is huge.
Before we get to what he can do for his new club, his international presence from the recently finished Confederations Cup for Spain should certainly be noted. From his speed down the right wing, skill on the ball, fearless attitude when taking players on to scoring the winning penalty kick against Italy in the shootout, Navas proved his ability and right to start for his country — even though he didn’t.
After scoring the winning spot kick in the semi-finals, why he was not allowed to take the penalty kick ahead of Sergio Ramos against Brazil raises questions — especially since he is the one that won the penalty in the first place.
Navas has the ability to change a game as soon as he steps onto the pitch off the bench. The fact that he came in with his team down 3-0 gave him the motivation to take players on at will and create opportunities for his teammates. His never-ending energy allows him to dart into the final third on many occasions.
Manchester City signing him shows that the club is headed in the right direction. Their squad is full of talented players, but none have the speed and technical ability combined that Navas possesses. His arrival brings a much needed change in the sense that he can get everyone involved in the attack which can bring more goals, victories and perhaps the title back to the Blue part of Manchester. Once he adjusts to life in England, he will bring all the goods to his new club.