The renowned South-American football expert Tim Vickery has weighed in with his view on Peruvian youngster and NUFC new boy Rodrigo Vilca.
Appearing on Sky Sports, the journalist spoke with caution. He claims that although Vilca has ‘some talent’, he has very little football pedigree – urging fans to hold off on the inevitable Nolberto Solano comparisons!
This comes after the former Deportivo Municipal star signed a four-year deal on Tyneside on Monday, with him set to go into our U-23 set up ‘initially’.
Here’s what Vickery’s had to say on the 21-year-old talent:
“Well, he doesn’t have anything like the pedigree of Solano,”
“He’s not in Peru’s squad for World Cup qualification next week. He wasn’t in their under-23 squad at the start of the year.
“He wasn’t in Solano’s under-22 squad during the Pan-American games last year.
“He has trained with the Peruvian national side when they had a few training sessions with a few domestically-based players.
“He really has very little pedigree with a mid-table side in the Peruvian league, which at the moment, the standard is very weak indeed.
“There’s some talent there. But he looks very much of a lightweight.
“So, this is one out of left-field. And the reported fee is something like £250k, it’s the kind of fee which would have got you Alan Ball 50 years ago and that fee shows if Newcastle get anything out of this then it will be a bonus.”
Vickery’s take is certainly an interesting one – it definitely makes me think that our expectations of the £250,000 signing shouldn’t be too high.
But maybe that’s a good thing – he’s cheap, young and arrives as a unknown quantity who might just surprise us.
If his development goes to plan we might just have another Ayoze Perez on our hands – or even better!