Iglesias could answer Spain's prayers in attack

Iglesias could answer Spain’s prayers in attack

With the days ticking down to the World Cup, Spain are still looking for a striker they can trust to lead the line, and La Roja to glory. Borja Iglesias enters.

The Real Betis striker has been included in the squad for Spain’s Nations League matches against Switzerland on Saturday and Portugal next Tuesday and could be the answer to the question of his country’s long-term problem.

David Villa finished as the top scorer at Euro 2008 and was the joint top scorer at the 2010 World Cup, while Fernando Torres was the joint top scorer at Euro 2012, all of which Spain swept through an era of brilliant success. but those days are behind us. .

Since then, Spain have failed to win a major trophy and have used a variety of unconvincing strikers, leaving supporters yearning for goals from Villa and Torres, or even the iconic duo Raúl González and Fernando Morientes.

Fittingly though, it was Andrés Iniesta’s goal that gave Spain their first and only World Cup win against the Netherlands in South Africa, with command of midfield the key to their success.

Spain have tried a strikerless 4-6-0 formation in subsequent years, along with using the likes of Ferran Torres as a false nine, or even persuaded Brazilian Diego Costa to switch sides to try and capitalize on his excellent performances in Atletico Madrid. and Chelsea.

Curiously, Luis Enrique has not relied on Celta de Vigo striker Iago Aspas, Spain’s top scorer in LaLiga in four of the last six seasons, but has instead opted for Atlético de Madrid striker Álvaro Morata.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker helped Spain reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020, although he was criticized for his irregularity in finishing the tournament.

– ‘Panda’ has his chance –

Despite Luis Enrique’s passionate defenses of Villarreal’s Morata and Gerard Moreno as another technically gifted option, there is still a chance for a player to take the situation by the throat and the ‘Panda’ may be the man to do it.

Iglesias, whose nickname comes from Desiigner’s hip-hop song ‘Panda’, is strong, difficult for defenses to handle and has an eye for goal.

With six goals in La Liga this season, only Barcelona’s summer arrival from Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, has scored more. However, Iglesias does not feel the heat.

“When I first showed up for tryouts I was a lot more nervous, but now I’m really enjoying it,” Iglesias said Thursday. “I don’t feel examined. It is an opportunity to show up close what I can do, to try to bring what I have to the group”.

As Morata will testify, once he puts on the Spain shirt, all that can change. “I wish people would put themselves in the position of seeing what it’s like to receive threats and insults to your family, like ‘I hope your children die,'” Morata said during the European Championship.

The striker did not score in the opening game against Sweden, a 0-0 draw that highlighted Spain’s struggles in front of goal, but he did score three goals, at least in part, making up for Luis Enrique’s faith.

Iglesias may take warning, but his dream is to do enough during this international break to receive the call in November.

“My intention is to contribute what I can to the team, learn and we will see what happens in the future, but I will try to do everything possible to have a chance (to go to the World Cup),” he added. The front.

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