Player I’d Buy In A Fantasy World – Alexandre Pato

GENOA ITALY - JANUARY 26: Pato of AC Milan scores his second goal during the Tim Cup match between UC Sampdoria and AC Milan at Luigi Ferraris Stadium on January 26 2011 in Genoa Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

This offseason, we're going to do a series of posts called 'Player I'd Buy In A Fantasy World,' and this is the first installment of that series. The one player I’d buy in a fantasy world would be Mr. Alexandre Pato. Known as the ‘The Duck’ to his teammates, I’ll stick to Pato for this particular piece.

I was amazed to find out that Pato is still only 21. With his age in mind, I feel his next move would obviously be key. Be it him staying at AC Milan or in an ideal situation, him joining the mighty Tottenham Hotspur, I can dream can’t I?To continue, Pato is at a precocious stage of his career and the wrong move could send him in freefall and back to South America sharpish. If he were to move to the right part of North London, I could envisage him being deployed just in front of Rafael van der Vaart and letting the two of them create skilful magic whilst scoring a shedload of goals.

Pato is also happy to cut in off the left hand side of the pitch. He’s also quick, skillfull (his close control of the ball is exquisite) and a capable goalscorer. He’s also more than happy to be deployed as a second striker (a scintillating alternative to Van der Vaart), as well as on his own upfront. Most recently, he’s been stationed on the right of a 4-3-3, he’d often switch wings with Robinho (Imagine Bale and Pato with a serious Number 9). Being able to switch to a 4-3-3 would expand Harry Redknapp’s options further.

Pato was also the only player who impressed me during our Round 16 UEFA Champions League tie too (honest). He’d grafted and crafted to not much avail and was the only shining star in AC Milan’s early exit on a cold night at White Hart Lane.

Also, if ‘rumours’ of Aaron Lennon’s departure are true then Pato wouldn’t be a bad player to occupy the vacant number 7 (that’s if your into your squad numbers and all that lark). On a serious note, it’s without question that Pato’s talent would come to the fore in the Premier League and he’d be a bonafide star in the famous Lilywhite colours of Tottenham Hotspur FC. I await his arrival. White Hart Lane would have a new hero.

Editor's note: For those with broken sarcasm detectors, read the headline. This is a fantasy world. We know Pato is not coming to Spurs. Don't email me.

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