It’s usually been a quiet January switch window to date however it’s threatening to kick into life very quickly.
West Ham are slicing their losses with report signing Sebastien Haller, whereas Manchester United and Chelsea are South America to make what may very well be a fairly large transfer.
Moises Caicedo, a 19-year-old midfielder from Ecuador, is reportedly on the radar of the Premier League golf equipment, whereas Everton are additionally circling.
He’s comparatively new on the scene, having solely made his debut for Ecuador’s worldwide facet in September 2020.
Nonetheless, there’s already loads of pleasure concerning the participant who’s been likened to N’Golo Kante, in addition to Manchester City legend Colin Bell.
talkSPORT.com offers you the lowdown on Caicedo and what lies forward for him sooner or later.
What’s the gossip? (Embody potential price)
As talked about, United and Chelsea are understood to be monitoring Caicedo, it’s additionally understood a workforce from one of many high 5 leagues in Europe have an interest.
South American soccer professional Tim Vickery says the Pink Devils are ‘locked in’ to signal Caicedo, who performs for Ecuador outfit Independiente del Valle.
Nonetheless, Ecuadorian publication Additional claims Everton and an unnamed MLS facet are within the race too. It provides that Everton are frontunners to signal him.
That’s seemingly this could be a greater funding than 33-year-old Sami Khedira, who’s been linked with a reunion with former boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Caicedo is primarily a central midfielder however has loads of expertise in a extra defensive midfield position too. He’s performed three of his 4 matches for Ecuador there.
His greatest power is his mobility. Caicedo is a box-to-box midfielder who loves a deal with however not solely does he try this nicely, he has a wonderful means to show the ball over into an assault for his workforce at a fast fee.
He makes lung-busting runs, much like what Yaya Toure did at Man City. Stadning at 5ft 10ins, he appears to be like elegant on the ball.
Caicedo says Kante is an idol of his however he provides extra going ahead than the Chelsea star. He’s not afraid to take a shot from distance and has a good lengthy passing vary too.
Membership profession to date
He broke into Independiente’s first workforce in October 2019, aged 17. Caicedo boasts six targets and two assists in 31 appearances for his membership.
Hardly earth-shattering stats however what he’s completed at youth degree offers a greater indication as to why there’s a lot fuss about him.
Caicedo helped his membership win the Beneath-20 Copa Libertadores for the primary time in Independiente’s historical past, beating Brazilian facet Flamengo and well-known Argentine outfit River Plate within the finals.
It’s his kind on the worldwide stage which has been most spectacular and Caicedo already has a formidable report to boast about.
When netting in a win towards Uruguay in October 2019, he turned the primary participant born within the third millennium to ever rating in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
He made extra of an influence in Ecuador’s November qualifiers, getting two assists in a win at Bolivia in addition to offering an help in a 6-1 trouncing of Colombia.
Ecuador are presently third of their group, behind Argentina and Brazil.
What’s being mentioned about him
It’s primarily Vickery who has been waxing lyrical about Caicedo, suggesting he may develop into a greater all-round participant than Kante.
“A yr in the past, he was speaking about Kante of Chelsea being his position mannequin and he’s already greater than that,” the South American soccer professional instructed talkSPORT.
“In say, a 4-2-3-1, he’s like that second man in that line of two so he can defend, however he can even bomb ahead. He’s timing his runs very nicely, he’s cool in possession and he appears to have the whole thing.
“I feel he is a superb, great signing.”
Vickery additionally mentioned Caicedo is ‘in the identical mould’ as Man City legend Bell resulting from his great athleticism and pure means on the ball.
“That sort of box-to-box midfielder that’s very a lot within the custom of the England sport. Robust, fast, clever and funky. He actually does appear to be the real article,” Vickery added.
The place he would slot in at Manchester United and Everton
We’ve left Chelsea out as they have a tendency to play a 4-3-Three system, one thing that Caicedo isn’t so used to. Nonetheless, he’d slot in at Man United, who often play 4-2-3-1.
Vickery says Caicedo is greatest suited as one of many defensive midfielders in a 4-2-3-1. His means to rise up and down would give United’s attacking gamers extra freedom to give attention to doing simply that.
We may see him enjoying in a barely extra superior position at Goodison Park, with Allan the designated defensive midfielder.
Nonetheless, towards stronger opposition, Caicedo may fulfil his defensive duties whereas carrying the ball to Everton’s extra artistic gamers.
No matter membership he joins, Caicedo appears to be like to be a severe expertise for the long run.