Ferran Torres – Who Is He?
- Name – Ferran Torres
- Age – 02/29/2000 (20 years old)
- Rookie Season/ Team – 2016 / Valencia
- Nationality – Spain
- International Caps (Goals) – 7 (4)
- Position – Right Wing
- Current Team / League – Manchester City / English Premier League
Ferran Torres was born on February 29th, 2000 in Foios, Spain. Currently, he plays as a Right Winger for Manchester City in the English Premier League and the Spanish National team. Prior to this, he spent four years at Valencia, playing for both the B and First team during his time. He joined the youth setup at Valencia at age six, and made his first appearance for Valencia B in the Segunda Division aged just 15, while still considered a junior at the club.
Torres’ rise through the ranks was rapid. He became a definitive member of the reserve squad in the 2017/18 season, making 12 appearances. He performed well enough that he renewed his contract following interest from La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. On January 1st, 2018, he was promoted to the senior squad proper. Before this, he made his first team debut back in November in a Copa del Rey match.
His La Liga debut came on December 16th, where he became the first player born after 2000 to do so. He did not score his first La Liga goal for Valencia until 2019, coming on as a substitute against Celta Vigo. Ferran Torres scored his first Champions League goal in a 4-1 battering against Lille in November 2019. In doing so, became Valencia’s youngest goalscorer in the competition’s history.
His Season So Far
Ferran Torres joined Manchester City on August 4th, 2020, who paid €23 million for his services. He made a nine minute cameo in a 3-1 victory over Wolves, before gaining more minutes against Leicester City and Leeds United, assisting Raheem Sterling.
Injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus caused a striker crisis at Manchester City. So, Torres was thrust into leading the line for Champions League games against Marseille and Olympiakos, as well as a victory over Sheffield United in the EPL. He repaid Guardiola’s faith by netting twice in European competition, adding to his existing tally from the previous gameweek against Porto. Torres also provided a goal and assist in a 3-0 victory over Burnley in the Carabao Cup.
This season also saw Torres make his senior debut for the Spanish National team. He played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Germany in the Nations League. Three days later, he scored his first goal for Spain against Ukraine. Torres scored a hat-trick in Spain’s 6-0 dismantling of Germany in the Nations League on November 17th.
Torres is considered a traditional wide midfielder due to his workrate and preference for sticking to the touchline. However, he can still cut inside, and his performances as a makeshift striker have proven he knows where the goal is. Besides this, he also boasts pace, creativity, and close control, especially when running at high speeds. At six-foot tall, he is far from the traditional diminutive winger mold that Spain has churned out previously. This makes him a considerable aerial threat, which could add to his versatility.
How Do His Stats Look?
So far, so good. Ferran Torres has contributed four goals and two assists across 10 appearances in all competitions this season. This includes a goal in three consecutive games in the UEFA Champions League group stages.
As a young player, Torres is far from being the first name on the team sheet a la Kevin De Bruyne, but he has still had enough time on the field to impose his quality, enjoying 611 minutes of play out of a possible 1080. This means he has contributed to a goal every 101 minutes. Although this is not World Class just yet, there are plenty of promising signs.
If you compare this to his time at Valencia, he scored just 9 goals and made 12 assists across 97 appearances in all competitions. Still, you’ll need to consider his age and number of minutes played a factor in this. It’s not absurd to think Torres could exceed these numbers by the end of his first season at Manchester City.
Why Has His Value Increased?
Soccer card values can increase for a range of reasons. But, with talented rookies such as Ferran Torres, it is easier to gauge why his value has risen so much in the past few weeks.
- Recently joined Manchester City for a modest (and arguably low-risk) sum
- Scored his first goal for the Citizens in a League Cup victory vs. Burnley
- Scored in three consecutive Champions League games, becoming the youngest Spanish player to do so.
- Increased interest in soccer cards
- Increased interest in identifying potential valuable rookies
Predictions for the Future
Soccer is a funny game, and even the experts can find it difficult to make succinct predictions for the future. This doesn’t mean we aren’t going to try, though. With Ferran Torres, he has time on this side, while being surrounded by the wealth of talent at Manchester City (plus managed by Pep Guardiola) is only going to benefit him in the long run.
- Consistency: Torres needs games to build consistency and refine his talents. Considering the injuries in City’s attacking positions, these games could come soon.
- Form: His form will only come with regular performances, although 4 goals in 9 appearances this season is an excellent foundation to build upon.
- Club Form: You always expect Manchester City to perform, and although they’re yet to get out of first gear this season, the potential is there for them to regain their Premier League trophy.
- Honors: Torres has seen success in the U19 and U21 category, as well as winning the Copa del Rey with Valencia in 2019. As part of a strong City team, more honors could be close.
- International Performance: Although early in his International career, Torres has already gotten on the scoresheet, and with the Nations League and Euro 2021, there’s a chance for success.
As with many young players, it is definitely too early to tell how Torres’ career will go. But so far, everything looks good for this young player. He is surrounded by a plethora of talent at Manchester City, both in experience and flair, and with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Ruben Dias, and Phil Foden, there is the foundation for the next generation of world-class Manchester City players to come.
Likewise, his compatriots such as Ansu Fati also suggest that Spanish success in international competition may not be far away, especially considering they have gone without an international trophy since 2014.
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