Colombian and Fiorentina player Juan Cuadrado has been linked to Arsenal throughout the ongoing World Cup in Brazil. With some reports claiming that Arsene Wenger met with the player’s agent in Brazil. A lot of has gone on since this summer transfer window opened with lots of speculations and counter speculations from different quarters.
The Colombian with the fleet footed artillery in his stables is one who can play in various positions on the field.
He is a player that does not have a certain position tied down judging by his statistics for Fiorentina last season. For a player who has featured mostly on the left wing for Colombian at the ongoing World Cup, it comes a sometime of a surprise that he can actually play in more than that position.
As a result of his adeptness to defending he was used several times by Fiorentina in different positions last season. He can play as a right back, a defensive midfielder, in centre midfield, in the wings and as a forward. Making a total of 37 appearances for Fiorentina, his appearances where spread out as:
Defensive Midfielder: 10
Left wing: 11
Right back: 2
Amongst other positions he featured in last season, which also included 4 appearances as a forward.
In the match against Uruguay at the World Cup, where Colombian triumphed in a Round of 16 match, he could be seen in various positions in the field, sometimes making tackles at the front of the Colombian 18 yard box and other times setting up shop in attack at the left and right wing.
Though is link to Arsenal was inevitable judging by his performance at the World Cup, it however not clear what position Arsene Wenger intends to use him should he act on the interest he has on the player.
If he is to come in as a right back, he certainly looks too attacking even though he is good at making recovery tackles. As winger, he is always at the wrong end of making wrong decisions, and he can be seen holding on to the ball for too long thereby denying his team mates an opportunity to utilize space.
One thing he has in common with the now departed Bacary Sagna is his dreadlocks, but he certainly is not at the level of the Frenchman in terms of defending as a right back. Although, his return of 11 goals and 5 assist in Serie A last season for Fiorentina makes him a more attacking player than the right back position being touted for him. The club should look away from this and concentrate on other targets.