Former Newcastle player Nolberto Solano has described reported Magpies transfer target Rodrigo Vilca as a “very technically gifted” footballer but struck a cautious note about the youngster’s development.
In recent days, Peruvian football journalist Diego Montalvan tweeted that Deportivo Municipal are awaiting a transfer offer from the Geordies for the 21-year-old, who could be signed for as little as £400,000. However, current Peru assistant manager Solano has warned the Tyneside faithful not to get carried away with those transfer rumours.
Speaking about Vilca to Chronicle Live, the 45-year-old said: “He’s been in training with the national side and he’s very technically gifted. But he’s still in the process of development.
“It’s only in the last season that he played first-team football at Deportivo Municipal. We are just keeping an eye on how he’s doing, it is still early as he is yet to get an international cap.
“It is looking like a player with prospects with a project ahead of him. He needs to show development, it is not about five or 10 games, it is about consistency.
“I was surprised but happy to see him linked with Newcastle. It’s another Peruvian player who could one day play in the Premier League. As it stands it’s still just talks.”
Vilca is indeed in the infancy of his professional career, having made just 27 first team appearances for Deportivo Municipal, scoring four goals and supplying three assists. Primarily an attacking midfielder, the 21-year-old has already proven to be a very adaptable player, lining out on both flanks as well as playing in more withdrawn central midfield roles. [via TransferMarkt]
The youngster seems to carry a threat in the final third, with match averages of 1.4 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.6 successful dribbles. He is also able to hold his own in contesting possession, winning 7.1 duels per game. [via Sofascore]
Solano’s reasons for keeping a lid on expectations about Vilca are understandable, given that the youngster is indeed awaiting an international debut and has little experience at first team level. Also, the ex-Newcastle midfielder is well placed to make a judgement on him as a Peruvian player operating in his country’s domestic league, therefore being well aware of his strengths and weaknesses.
That said, the 21-year-old appears to have some very good traits about him, not least his versatility, so Toon fans couldn’t be blamed if they were getting excited about being linked with the Peruvian prospect.
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