Major tournament like the World Cup is always a shop window for players hitherto unknown to come to limelight. And Colombian and Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado has so far starred at the World Cup in Brazil. Bringing his ability to the world audience. As a result he has been linked to several clubs across Europe including Arsenal.
The rumour will not have come as a surprise to many because of his starring role at the World Cup. And he is amongst the many players that have been linked to Arsenal over the past weeks. And it comes in a position that the club intends to strengthen this summer. The position of a right back/winger.
According to reports, the 26 year old’s agent Alessandro Lucci is set travel to London to discuss a possible transfer.
The Colombian comes with much versatility as he can play as winger in both wings as a full back. Which means he can be a utility player. With Bacary Sagna gone to Manchester City, Arsenal need another right back and that position been Cuadrado’s natural position, Wenger buying him would make perfect sense.
However, with the winger rated with a fee of £32 million, it means he could be out of Arsenal’s range, as Arsene Wenger will definitely be reluctant to spend that much on a player who is nobody knows how he would adopt to the intensity of the football in the Premier League. But he comes with some reputation in terms of the goals and assist he came up with last season. He scored a total of 13 goals and 8 assist in 37 appearances for Fiorentina last season.
For a player to come up with such a record in Serie A, a league known for it defensive play, there is no doubt that he can improve on that number in the Premier League where lots for spaces are available for attacking players to trot their stuff.
Yet, there is a down side to signing players on the back of a good performance at a major tournament, but judging by his record with Fiorentina last season, it further gives credence to the fact that his performance at the World Cup is a reflection of how good he is as a player, and not just shining on the limelight of a major tournament. It remains to seen what comes out of this at the end of the day.