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In focus: Cristian Tello

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Tello has four goals to his name this season. (©GettyImages)
Tello has four goals to his name this season. (©GettyImages).

Cristian Tello's star has risen dramatically in the last month, having made quite an impact since being handed his league debut by Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

The 20-year-old has scored twice in only four first-team appearances in La Liga, and has reportedly been attracting the interest of Liverpool and Arsenal.

With Tello's profile increasing with each passing game, GMF has decided to take a closer look at the Spain under-20 international...

PROS

Although not necessarily renowned for his goalscoring ability, Tello has demonstrated quite an eye for goal when called upon by Guardiola this season.

The young winger has started only twice for Barcelona this term, but has netted an impressive four goals in eight appearances in the league and cup.

Tello also possesses the highly valued commodity of immense pace, and is a serious threat to defenders when running with the ball at full tilt.

His ability to change direction at speed and fearless attitude when the ball is at his feet sees him often beat defenders and create opportunities for himself or his team-mates.

Another clear positive of a potential move for Tello by Arsenal or Liverpool would be his availability for a cut-price fee, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season.

Although Barca would be loath to accept an offer for Tello this summer, a reasonable bid may be enough to tempt them to sell, should the Spaniard decide not to sign a new deal.

CONS

As is often the case with players of a similar style, Tello's decision making can be questionable at times.

Although Tello possesses undoubted ability to beat players, he sometimes neglects to take a simpler option when in possession of the ball, which works to the detriment of his team.

Tello has an abundance of skill, but sometimes needs to harness that and take a more considered approach when the ball is at his feet.

His defensive application and capability when the opposition have the ball can also be questioned, while he has the potential to go missing when the going gets tough.

VERDICT

A player of undoubted ability, Tello certainly has plenty of potential and could prove to be an exciting signing for either Arsene Wenger or Kenny Dalglish.

With the ability to play as a traditional winger or in a more advanced role, he can adapt to a number of styles and formations and would surely suit the footballing philosophy of Arsenal or Liverpool.

Meanwhile, with his contract nearing expiration, he could be available at a relative snip, and should he move to the Emirates Staidum or Anfield, it would be quite coup indeed.

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