Iago Falque

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Iago Falque Silva is a Spanish attacking midfielder who was born in Vigo, Spain on 4th April 1990. He began his career at Real Madrid as a youngster, but was snapped up by Barcelona in 2001. Yago represented Spain at youth level, and helped his country win the 2007 U17 European Championship, starring alongside Barca teammate Bojan Krkic. He was well thought of at Barcelona's La Masia youth academy, making his debut for the club's B team in 2008 under Pep Guardiola. Yago marked his first and last appearance with a goal.

On 30th August 2008 Yago signed a four year deal with Juventus. He spent the entire season with the club's youth side, but did receive a call up to the first team squad for a match against Lecce in December. Yago joined Bari on loan during 2009/10, but failed to make a single appearance. The former Barcelona man just didn't fit in with Bari's rigid 4-4-2 system. In 2010/11 Yago spent the season with Villarreal's B team where he enjoyed a much more successful spell, with 11 goals from 36 matches, playing in his favoured role just behind the front line.

Yago signed for Tottenham on loan at the start of the 2011/12 season. He made his Spurs debut on 15th September 2011 in a 0-0 Europa League draw with PAOK Salonika. Yago went on to make a further 4 appearances for Tottenham in Europe, and also came off the bench in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Cheltenham on 7th January 2012. On 16th January 2012 Yago signed for Tottenham on a permanent basis. He was immediately loaned out to Southampton until the end of the season. Spanish football writer David Cartlidge told me "Yago has plenty of natural ability; he can be best seen off the frontline drifting between the lines. He has neat footwork, passing and vision. He has had terrible issues with injuries, and is noticeably frail. Not the best in terms of physique, but has a good body balance."

Falque made his Saints debut on 26th January 2012 in an awful home defeat to Leicester. The Spaniard had little chance to make an impact. Nigel Adkins obviously wasn't too impressed with what he had seen, because he never picked Falque again. He became a regular for the club's U21 side, scoring in a 6-0 win over Crystal Palace on 13th March