“We’ve got another player coming tomorrow, a defensive mid from Spain. I think he’s going to be a tremendous asset for the club.”
Giovanni Savarese certainly wasn’t kidding at their open practice on Tuesday. On Friday, the Cosmos announced the signing of Catalonian midfielder Javi Márquez for the 2017 Spring Season.
The 30-year old comes to the Cosmos after building up a respectable resume in Spain’s La Liga, earning 158 caps with four different clubs over the last decade. He tallied eight goals and nine assists in that time. Once hailed by Mauricio Pochettino as “a special player“, Márquez was also capped twice by his native Catalonia.
“Javi is an exceptional player who will bring great experience and quality to our midfield,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese in a press release. “We look forward to seeing him on the field, as he will make our roster even more competitive.”
Márquez comes to the Cosmos after two years at Granada, where he made 56 appearances and was the club’s captain by the end of his term. He last appeared in the Granada 18 on January 21st against Espanyol, and last appeared in a match as a 61st minute substitute in a 5-0 loss to Real Madrid.
“I am very happy to join the New York Cosmos,” said Márquez in the same release. “I’ve play my whole career in Spain and joining a historic club in the NASL will definitely help me switch gears and stay competitive. I look forward to join the team in preseason and start working towards the 2017 championship.”
Márquez’s contract was terminated by his former club at the end of last month, with Sporting Director Javier Torralbo commenting to IDEAL on the former captain: “His behavior on and off the field have served as an example in the locker room and in the club He is a player who has always acted with responsibility with the club. It only remains to thank you for your commitment and wish you the best in your new sporting cycle.”
Where will Márquez fit in Gio Savarese’s squad? As previously mentioned, the Cosmos manager considers him a defensive midfielder. This lines up with previous lineups from Granada, where the Spanish club lined up their captain as a defensive midfielder in a 4-2-3-1. This will throw the Catalonian in a pool of defensive mids that currently features 2016 holdovers Danny Szetela and Eric Calvillo, as well as newcomer Juan Guerra.