Espanyol’s attacking threat playing the long game

With the Espanyol facing Werder Bremen in the play offs tonight, we look at the future options in attack as Vardy, Ronaldo and Muller are all to exit at the end of the season.

Marcos Leonardo- at just 19 the Brazilan starlet was the jewel of the youth team which which reached this seasons youth cup final. The club has knocked back some big bids for the player throughout the season, and with the season coming to a close two new clubs also came in yesterday to try and tempt Espanyol to sell. To date the club has stood firm on a player who is seen as a player who is destined for big things. Europe is circling with a move to Europe looking a case of when and not if. In a GW where many clubs are looking to snap up top young players its no surprise that the talented striker is top of many list.

Armando Broja – is due to join from Chelsea, and although injured, is young enough to bounce back. Already seen as very much a first team player at Stamford Bridge, his arrival at Espanyol will see him not only spear heading the youth teams atrack, but also in and around the first team as he battles with Leonardo for regular first team football.

Eliesse Ben Seghir – having just turned 18 and burst onto the scene at Monaco, the exciting teenager is already being dubbed as one of the best they’ve produced. Interest in the GW is hot with knock backs for players 92 plus having already occurred. Seen as the one player who is simply not for sale, Espanyol hope they have on their hands one of the best

Julian Fernandez- Has started the season in Argentina exactly how he ended the last, in form and turning heads. The Argentinian under 20 international was a big investment for Espanyol with them paying a very large fee at the beginning of the season. Although there has been interest and its thought the club may cash in, its believed it will take a big offer for Espanyol to consider letting one of Argentina’s best teenagers leave the club.

Ken Nkubu – The Belgium youngster was quietly snuck into the club but is having a fine season and continues to catch the eye in his homeland. Although relatively unknown at this stage, Espanyol are happy to have him for their youth cup team next season and wait to see how he develops over the next 12 months.

Pablo Solari – without doubt a talented player and at a cross road with the Spanish side. The player has been made available for transfer and despite some interest, nothing has been put on the table which is realistic. He is versatile and with the updates not far off, his value is likely to increase to a level which could put him in and around the first team.

Anthony Elanga- Another due to join, and although struggling for first team minutes at Manchester United it can be easy to forget he is only 20. Seen as an integral part of next seasons youth cup, This summer could be pivotal in his progression with a number of clubs in real life interested in signing the Swedish international. Another player Espanyol want to sit on, and one who will command a big figure if the club choose to cash in , at some point in the future.

Gustav Christensen- continues to break youth records in Denmark and is one who although off the radar, could very soon be on it once he gets some first team action for his parent club. He has already made his debut at the top level and is working his way through the different age groups at international level. Seen as a long term investment and a low key gamble, he is one that the manager really rates.

Abde Ezzalzouli- The Barcelona starlet is impressing out on loan in spain this season and had also made his first team breakthrough for the spanish giants. He is due to arrive from Malaga and one who could easily kick on to become an excellent first team player. He will be part of next seasons youth team and will be hoping to get minutes for the first team in the cups.

Estanis Pedrola- Relatively unknown but on the brink of the Barcelona first team, an agreement has been made with Partizan for him to join Espanyol during the close season. He has quick feet plays as an attacking wide player and although raw right now, could be the next one to come of the Espanyol production line ad top youth talents who go on to be big players in top100.

Boulaye Dia – Also arriving from Partizan and having an excellent season in Italy, Dia is expected to be the clubs first choice striker next season. Although rated much lower than this seasons front three, the free season next season gives the club the luxary of results not being too important.

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