While new low keys signings from Spain – Michu and Pablo Hernandez – are dazzling in the Premier League; the two top exports from the English Premier league – Luka Modric and Alex Song – are finding life difficult on Spanish shores and have been voted as the worst signings of the season in La Liga by readers of Spanish newspaper Marca.
Modric, heart-throb of Tottenham Hotspur left the North London club for a fee in the region of £33m to Real Madrid in the summer, but has found it difficult to adjust to the ever-demanding life in Spain’s capital city. While he has to compete with some of the world’s top players’ week in week out for a place in the team, Modric has really struggled to justify his price tag and hype. He has scored just once since joining the Los Blancos while his overall performances haven’t been satisfactory either.
Speaking to Sportske.net, Modric said: “This is Real Madrid. I know the huge media pressure on transfers.
‘I’m not looking for an alibi, I’m not that guy, but it’s very demanding to adjust to a huge club like Real Madrid.
‘I have had a number of solid performances, I failed in some but overall I proved I can offer something.”
While similar sort of fortune has engulfed former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who ironically finding life like a fish out of water at Modric’s rival club Barcelona.
Song joined the Catalan club on the back of an outstanding season in North London, where he managed 14 assists and a goal to his name from defensive midfield position.
He joined Barcelona for a reported fee of £15m but has only made seven league appearances; most of them coming as a role at centre-back which is not his preferred position by any means.
What we have seen from the first half of the season, both Spurs and Arsenal have coped up nicely without the services of those two players – it is a pity that their career is taking a wrong spin while chasing lofty dreams and ambitions.