Footballers are not positions. We can talk about favorite spots or roles where they play their best, but there is always the option to “reconvert” them. This is the case of Ferran Torres: right winger at Valencia CF and now forward at Manchester City and the Spanish National Team.
Pep Guardiola is the main responsible for this change. The Spanish coach decided to try Ferran as a striker in some of the games from last season due to Kun Agüero´s frequent absence. It is clear that he liked what he saw, as he has become usual on that position.
“We have discovered that he makes movements like the best ones on this position. Kind of like Jamie Vardy´s from behind. He moves greatly, is excellent at finishing and very young as well”. Guardiola stood out his performance after their 5-0 win against Arsenal.
Ferran scored a brace and gave an assist in that game. Last night he was a key player once again and scored the two goals that led Spain to the victory against Italy. Luis Enrique made the right choice and decided to continue with him playing as a striker, and the guy performed greatly.
Maybe we are ahead of a solution towards both the present and the future in a problematic role for the Spanish National Team. For now, Guardiola has assured that he sees Ferran as a usual forward for City. “We are delighted with his movements, his work ethic, learning and multiple other aspects”.
Speed, runs work and finishing. These are the characteristics of a footballer that has known how to reinvent himself in order to find his spot in a club and who is shining with his country as well.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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