Yes one of the deals that we have been anticipating for months has gone through, Reyes has gone to Real Madrid with Baptista coming in the other direction to play for us on a season long loan…with a view to a “permanent deal” after the loan finishes. The Reyes deal has an option of 22 million Euro’s for Madrid to sign him as a permanent player next season.
So the question for some people who may not have seen too much of our new signing will be: Who is this chap Baptista? Well last season we wanted to sign him from Sevilla but Real Madrid beat us to his signature and he spent a year with them last season. He was amazingly successful at Sevilla but to be honest he didn’t reach his full potential at Real Madrid to say the least, which could be said of Reyes at Arsenal too.
Two different sorts of players, Reyes being a lightweight direct dribbler who has shown that his best position is on the left wing. A talented player none the less, but Baptista gives us something that we perhaps haven’t got. A massive build, powerful structure and an abundance of pace…strength is his most obvious asset and versatility being another. He can play up front or as an attacking midfielder coming from the centre…he has ALSO played as a defensive midfielder, but I don’t think that is his best position by any means…however we will have to wait and see what Wenger thinks of his best position. My own personal thought is that he will be suited to play in the hole with powerful bursts going forward to link up with the other team mates around him. Overall something exciting…AND BRAZILIAN…Thank GOD for that…
I have managed to dig out a video of some of his best bits, he looks like a wrestler, can score free-kicks, powers through defenders like shaq…and an important asset, he still plays like a Brazilian…tell us your thoughts on our new acquisition.