Alvaro Gonzalez signed from Villarreal this summer and hasn’t taken long to showcase why he is going to be the player who helps revive the Ligue 1 giants.
Alvaro Gonzalez was never supposed to be an instant hit at Marseille. As the Ligue 1 resumes in four days, all eyes would be on Marseille yet again.
The Rhone club is currently in eighth place in Ligue 1 with seven points. Following a very complicated start, Andre Villas-Boas’ men are slowly getting back to their best, picking up two wins on a trot.
While the transfer market wasn’t the greatest we’ve ever seen, it appears that the Phoceens have invested shrewdly in face of financial difficulties.
Three players were signed, Dario Benedetto, Alvaro Gonzalez and Valentin Rongier. The first two have already started making their presence known, especially Alvaro Gonzalez who is quite a reassuring presence in the heart of defense.
Last season, Marseille conceded 40 goals and were criticized for their defending. The likes of Rolando, Aymen Abdennour and Tomas Hubocan were sold and young Boubacar Kamara and Duje Caleta-Car were kept.
The duo was seen more active in the second part of last season under Rudi Garcia. However, inexperience was the reason why Villas-Boas has been careful with the young duo.
But it is clear that Alvaro Gonzalez and Benedetto are two experienced players who would do well for the team this season.
“I look forward to welcoming Alvaro and Dario who have won over the Velodrome with their talent and quality. With the strength of their character, they are totally OM-compatible,” said president Jacques Henri Eyraud according to Foot Mercato.
The arrival of Alvaro Gonzalez in particular has been seen as a great move by Les Phoceens. He is as involved with the team as Lucas Ocampos was when he was with the club.
It remains to be seen if the Spaniard can match the exploits of Gabriel Heinze who was with the club between 2009 and 2011.
And the Spaniard isn’t worried about that either.
“I have character, that’s for sure. I give everything on the pitch. I fight, I never flee from duels. I will try to do better on the ground. In Spain, they may play differently than in France so I’ll have to be careful,” says Alvaro Gonzalez.
For now though, everything is going well for the player who scored one goal and provided two assists in La Liga last season. Moreover, the player’s discipline is great too since he hasn’t been cautioned yet.
And when it comes to winning duels, the defender has won 12 out of 13 which is actually the best conversion ratio in the top five leagues across Europe.
In the 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne, every time Gonzalez did something good was cheered on by the club’s fans. With Alvaro Gonzalez starting, OM have never lost a single game which is yet another great bit of news for the team.
While Les Phoceens have been struggling, Alvaro Gonzalez may be the man to turn the tide for them.