Álvaro Dominguez Soto 22 Defender Atlético Madrid
We had originally marked Atletico’s Dominguez down as a solid, if fairly unspectacular player when we first set eyes on him in 2009. Having noted an accomplished defender that used the ball well, we were mildly impressed with some sensible runs and well timed interventions. A well rounded professional, adept at his job. What we didn’t pick up on at the time was that Dominguez was just 19.
Now 22 and coming up to 100 matches for Atléti, good defensive performances from an intelligent footballer that knows when to move forward are very much the norm and everything points to a long and successful career at club and international level.
As Dominguez has developed into a more or less permanent fixture on the left side of defence at Atlético, so his game has become that little more cavalier, the sort of thing we want to see from a ball playing full back/centre back. We are also pleased to report that each time we watch him play there seems to be a little more bravado from the Madrid born defender.
Fluent in English and with a fine academic background, Dominguez also demonstrates a thoroughly professional attitude and clear leadership skills. He has some way to go, but we can imagine him captaining his country well into his thirties.
Dominguez is thriving in La Liga for a just above average Atlético side, and while more than competent in his primary defensive role, isn’t afraid to push forward when required. Three goals this season already bear testament to that. That he was allowed to leave Real Madrid at the age of 12 has clearly been Los Merengues’ loss.
"A real presence in a shaky defence. Ostracised by Sanchez-Flores, rejuvenated by Manzano. Powerful, quick and intelligent. Big leader in dressing room. Was told he gives the talks before games, and motivates the team. Not bad for a young pup. Recent call-up to Spain squad, and a new contract until 2015 testament to his development this season. Future captain IMO." - David Cartlidge (Spanish Football.info)
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