8 La Liga Players Who Would Take off in Another League
There are just a few days remaining in the transfer window that ends on Friday for English clubs and on February 2 for the other major European leagues. A quiet month in Spain is looking like it will end in a similar fashion.
But are there players who might have been better off making a move?
Across the following eight slides, B/R takes a look at some of the La Liga players with a skill set that might be better off in one of Europe’s other leagues.
Add your suggestions in the comments.
Jhon Cordoba, Espanyol (England)
Javier Aguirre has increasingly begun to show more confidence in Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba (no, that’s not a typo on his first name).
The 20-year-old is on loan from Mexican club Queretaro and has impressive features for a forward so young. He can already mix it with La Liga’s strongest defenders, while he has a burst of pace that strike partner Sergio Garcia would love.
He’s far from the finished article, though. His decision-making is often poor, and he’s yet to display a real striker’s instinct in front of goal. The potential is certainly there, though; you just have to take a look at his goal against Valencia to see that.
Cordoba’s talents could lead to him having the sort of impact in the English Premier League that Chirstian Benteke had with Aston Villa last season.
Mateo Musacchio, Villarreal (Italy)
Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio is establishing himself as one of La Liga’s finest.
Serie A and Argentine players also seems to be a common partnership, so it is not out of the question that one of Italy’s top clubs will make a move for the 23-year-old.
Musacchio has benefited hugely from the Yellow Submarine’s season in La Segunda and has played every league match for his club this season. He’s an outside bet to make the Argentine squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
If that is the case, Italian clubs may want to make their moves soon. Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea are already sniffing around, according to the Metro.
Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla (Italy, Germany or England)
It’s not that Ivan Rakitic isn’t suited for Spain—it’s that he’s suited for Champions League football. He is that good.
The Croatian international is rumoured to be in talks over a new deal at Sevilla, per ESPN, but that shouldn’t mean he won’t be available for the right price this summer.
And with Barcelona and Real Madrid unlikely to swoop in, a move abroad is the most suitable step in the career of the 25-year-old midfielder.
He’d be a fit at most of Italy’s Champions League sides, possibly Juventus aside, while Borussia Dortmund would certainly benefit from adding him to their ranks. In England, there are a lot of clubs with players like him, but he could find a home at Liverpool.
Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid (Germany or Italy)
The emergence of Jese Rodriguez over the last two months has halted Alvaro Morata’s Real Madrid career.
While Carlo Ancelotti is arguably right to want to keep him around—Los Blancos don’t have the greatest cover up front—the 21-year-old needs to start playing regularly for the sake of his progression.
Whether that means forcing a winter move or waiting until the summer is yet to be seen.
Juventus and Inter Milan have been linked with the striker by Marca, while Borussia Dortmund could do worse than consider him as replacement for the Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski. The Mirror also reckon Arsenal are interested in the youngster.
Isaac Cuenca, Barcelona (Holland)
Cristian Tello, Gerard Deulofeu, Pedro, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar…even Ibrahim Afellay.
There are six reasons why Isaac Cuenca does not have a future at Barcelona, despite the excitement that surrounded him when he burst onto the scene in 2010.
Now 22, he’s been dealt a cruel hand in terms of injuries, and it’s time for the winger to consider where his future lies.
He spent the early part of last year on loan with Ajax, and he could do worse than head back permanently in a bid to make a name for himself at one of Europe’s most famous football clubs.
Fabio Coentrao, Real Madrid (England or Portugal)
It’s fairly obvious that Fabio Coentrao doesn’t have much of a future in Spain. So where next?
There are plenty of clubs that would love the opportunity to add him to their squad, but he seems set to end up in England or Portugal.
Manchester United, according to the Express, have been regularly linked with a move for the left-back—Patrice Evra is out of contract at the end of the season—while Football-Espana says Benfica are also in the race for the 25-year-old when he eventually calls it a day at the Bernabeu.
Time is running out in the window, but this one could happen in the summer.
Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid (England)
He may not have found the net so far in 2014, but that doesn’t mean Diego Costa has fallen off the radar of Europe’s top clubs.
He’s always had a ruthless streak and a running style that sees players bump off him, but the goals that came in 2013 have elevated him into the public eye.
Atletico Madrid are unlikely to want to see him go, although the same was probably true with Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao.
The Daily Mail says Chelsea are the favourites to land the striker, and you can certainly see his playing style being effective in the Premier League.
Antoine Griezmann, Real Sociedad (England or France)
Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann is set to be a hot property this summer.
The flying Frenchman is having an extraordinary season. He’s already scored 14 goals in La Liga and is widely expected to make the France squad for Brazil this summer.
Needless to say that the rumours have started.
Griezmann is young, quick, skillful and exciting, so there are very few leagues that he wouldn’t succeed in. Staying in Spain is unlikely to be an option, unless Real Madrid or Barcelona make a surprising move for him.
That places him in the window for big-spending clubs in France or England.