Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Striker Could Depend on Outputs

The discussion of who is going to be the striker to fill the gap left by Soldado has been going on for quite a while. The club is looking for a different type of striker, one with pace and technical ability to help with the counter-attacking style. The striker should ideally be 24-28 years old and cost no more than 10 million euros (the available budget for a striker). Additional requirements are versatility, being complementary to other players on the team and someone with proven international and club-level quality. The most recent players to be linked with Valencia are Atletico's Adrian Lopez and PSG star Jeremy Menez. Both seem to be attainable for the price range required and are deemed to meet the requirements.

Adrian Lopez: 25 year old, capped twice for the Spain International team. He can play as a center forward or out on the wings. While many compare his style of play to that of David Villa, he had a disappointing season last year for Atletico and has fallen down the pecking order with David Villa, newly signed Leo Baptistao and Diego Costa all ahead of him. Atletico previously turned an offer down from Valencia for him but might be tempted to selling him for the sake of reinforcing the other areas of the team. He has 10 goal in 68 games for Atletico Madrid. You can watch his playing style below:

Jeremy Menez: 26 year old, French International. An ambidextrous (comfortable with both feet) player with blistering pace, quick feet, great vision and an eye for goal. He can also play as a center forward, or on either flank. A natural playmaker who has also fallen down the pecking order with the likes of Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Lavezzi and Pastore all ahead of him. Right now, he seems to be returning from an injury but should be available at the beginning of the league. He has 12 goals in 63 games for PSG. You can watch his playing style below:

However, before the club attempts to buy anyone, it seems that it will focus on the output operation. Cissokho (to Sunderland / Liverpool) and Piatti (to Rennes / Olympiacos) are the names linked with a move away from the club. Rami (to Tottenham / Napoli / Fiorentina) has also recently returned to being a target for transfer rumours as well. With the cash gained from sale/loan of those players, the club hopes to attain a bigger budget to widen the range of players that it can obtain.

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