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Ferran Torres in focus: A dribbler who delivers

Ferran Torres in focus: A dribbler who delivers
As Ferran Torres prepares for a possible Manchester City debut against Wolves on Monday, it has not gone unnoticed that he laid down something of a marker in his first appearances for Spain.

Torres made his international bow in La Roja’s 1-1 draw with Germany at the beginning of September, when he was involved in his side’s late equaliser and followed it up with a goalscoring performance off the bench in the 4-0 win over Ukraine three days later.

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The 20-year-old fired home a crisp volley to net his maiden international goal shortly after coming on as a substitute, but it was his display against Germany which painted the fuller picture of his attributes.

Playing the full 90 minutes, he impressed with his pace, trickery and passing on both wings.

It was his cross which Leeds United new boy Rodrigo headed on for Jose Gaya to scramble home the equaliser, which earned him praise from manager Luis Enrique.

“He was a constant danger to the German defence,” he said.

“He is one of the players whose crosses are the best in La Liga. More than crosses, I think he is making (incisive) passes."

It was a display Torres will no doubt want to build on at City and one which will certainly have got fans excited at the prospect of the youngster being unleashed in the Premier League.

And the stats behind the performance support such a view, with our summer acquisition looking like he has all the tools to thrive down the flanks at the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, in the game against Germany, which boasted a host of attacking talent, nobody made more crosses than Torres (6), who might have clocked up more assists had his team-mates been able to convert a couple of teasing balls into the box.

Bayern Munich’s Thiago was the only player to record more successful dribbles than Torres, whilst the foul count against our new No.21 highlights both how much he tormented the Germans and how willing he is to commit defenders.

Torres was fouled five times, two more than Chelsea’s Timo Werner, who was second in that category.

It was the winger’s strong running with the ball that made him so important to Valencia last season, too.

The Los Che academy graduate scored four goals and provided five assists in a side which hit the back of the net just 46 times, but led the team for successful dribbles.

Torres managed 54 in total, which ranked him in the top 20 in La Liga and when compared to the City squad, he is second to Raheem Sterling on 56.

With his strong running and the ability to deliver in the final third, the Spaniard has showcased the attributes which have allowed the likes of Sterling, Mahrez and Bernardo Silva to flourish in Pep Guardiola’s system.

He is still young, but showed steady progression at Valencia and having made a strong start to life in a Spain shirt, he will now hope to do the same with City.

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