Saints today completed the signing of Yago Falque Silva, a Spanish attacking midfielder who joins on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham. Yago had been on loan at Spurs from Juventus, but completed a permanent transfer today, before immediately moving to St Marys. The 21 year old can play on the left, in the hole or as a second striker. He began his youth career with Real Madrid, before being snapped up by Barcelona. Yago was highly thought of at La Masia, and represented Spain at a number of different levels. He helped his country win the 2007 U17 European Championship, starring alongside players like Bojan Krkic. Pep Guardiola handed Yago his one and only appearance for Barcelona B in 2007/08, a match which he also scored in. In 2008 the Spaniard joined Italian giants Juventus. Yago failed to make a first team appearance for The Old Lady, but performed well at junior level. He was loaned to Bari in 2009/10, but once again struggled for playing time. Yago didn't fit in with Bari's rigid 4-4-2 system, and didn't play a single game. He spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Villarreal B where he had much more success. Yago scored 11 times from 36 matches in the Spanish second tier, playing in his favoured role just behind the front line. The former Barcelona man signed for Tottenham on loan at the start of the season, and has featured in 5 Europa League matches and 1 FA Cup match. Spanish football writer David Cartlidge told me "Yago has plenty of natural ability; he can be best seen off the frontline drifting between the lines. He has neat footwork, passing and vision. He has had terrible issues with injuries, and is noticeably frail. Not the best in terms of physique, but has a good body balance." Yago's arrival means Nigel Adkins now has an embarrassment of riches in attacking positions. It will be interesting to see where he fits into the side.
Yago in action for Villarreal