The clever Spanish left winger has been in the centre of speculation about his future. After impressing at the U21 Championships helping Spain to lift the trophy, Mata has been heavily linked with a move to the premier league. In particular Mata has been linked with Arsenal and Spurs. How would he cope in the two teams:
Arsenal: Mata would give them more creativity on the flanks and Wenger is after something special to help him win a trophy. Still young Arsenal would be an ideal place for Mata to build on his footballing career. Scoring 11 times last season for Valencia and providing 13 assists Arsenal could sure use his goals and assists. As Theo Walcott’s crossing ability still needs work Mata would provide balls into the box for Gervinho or Van Persie to nod home. Having revealed his desire to leave Valencia Arsene Wenger is closely monitoring Juan Mata’s situation at the Mestella.
Spurs: Having this morning been reported to have offered £22 million for the Spanish playmaker, Harry Redknapp is clearly fond of the player. Having seemed not interested for most of the window Tottenham have shocked Arsenal and other clubs with today’s reports. With Redknapp looking for some width to provide assists to his strikers Mata seems an ideal contender. He signed for Valencia in March 2007 relatively unheard of in the premier league and his magic at the Mestella has certainly been acknowledged by Europe’s elite. Having previously played at the Bernabau as a teenager we can see the calibre of Mata. With a clause in Mata’s contract that means Valencia must accept any offer over 21 million euros or £18.5 million before August 1st Business seems to be moving swiftly for Mata.
Verdict: I think Spurs could use Mata more but I think he would achieve more at the Emirates playing champions league football. Also the players around him at the Emirates would be able to nurture Mata but I do think that he has to leave Valencia. It will be a step up whether it’s White Hart Lane or the Emirates. Having never played in the premier league I’m not sure if he will adapt but he is a high quality player and I think he would be a hit. If he isn’t in the premier league by August 1st I’m not sure whether a deal will be struck after that due to transfer fee.
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