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Full name: Cristian Tello Herrera
Date of birth: August 11th 1991
Club: FC Barcelona
Position: ‘False number nine’ (midfield/forward)
Squad number: 11
Cristian Tello finally managed to break into what is arguably the best first team in the world, a first team consisting of Messi, David Villa, Fabregas, Sanchez, Pedro and Iniesta to name a few who can play in Tello’s position. So it is no mean feat to play 17 games in 2011-12 at the age of 21.
His pace and ball control would make this young Spaniard a superstar in almost any team. Tello had been linked with a move to Premier League club Arsenal in 2012’s January transfer window, however, Tello’s agent, Jose Orobitg, disapproved of any such move.
A member of the successful ‘Barca B’ system Cristian Tello is a name that refuses to go away with even Cesc Fabregas’ place in the team put under threat by the young man.
However I doubt the 21-year-old will succumb to any such pressure as he has always succeeded to step up when needed. Scoring just two minutes into his Champions League debut just one of the examples of his composure.
Goal threat- 77/100, potential goal threat 88/100.
Ball control- 82/100, potential ball control 92/100.
Short passing- 80/100, potential short passing 95/100.
Creativity- 81/100, potential creativity 87/100.
Adaptability- 86/100, potential adaptability 90/100.
Pace- 80/100, potential pace 88/100.
Legendary status- 0/100, potential legendary status 89/100.
Market value- £12m, potential market value £35m-£45m.
Given the opportunity by potentially selling Cesc Fabregas Tello could develop into one of the best players on the planet.
However, several things hang in the balance such as Tito Vilanova’s willingness to take a risk on a youngster in his first season in which he is expected to bring La Liga back to the Catalans.
Written by Thomas Munson
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