Five Colombian footballers we want to see in the Premier League
Colombia really caught the eye at the World Cup in Brazil this past summer, reaching the quarter-finals on native South American soil. At 25/1 with Coral to win the next edition in 2018, a number of their rising stars will be in their prime.
We’ve recently seen Coffee Growers number one David Ospina keep a clean sheet for Arsenal in a famous away win at Manchester City’s Etihad ground. Lethal frontman Radamel Falcao, meanwhile, is also on the prowl at Manchester United.
This small Premier League presence for Colombian footballers got our football experts thinking who they would like to see come over and ply their trade here. We came up with five names.
PSV Eindhoven right back Arias was linked with joining Falcao at Old Trafford this past summer, but no move materialised. His current club top the Eredivisie, and could break Ajax’s domestic dominance. With Rafael becoming increasingly injury prone and Antonio Valencia in Louis van Gaal’s XI by default, a move to Man Utd should be seriously considered.
Sevilla striker Bacca has been brilliant for the Bathtubs. His goals helped them lift the Europa League last term and are seeing them mount a Champions League challenge via a top four finish in La Liga this term. With his side 14/1 to retain that European trophy, someone like Everton, a team that is struggling to score, could use a forward option like him.
Flying Fiorentina winger Cuadrado would add something extra to any Premier League attack. Also capable of playing off the front, this versatility in forward areas could stand United and Premier League leaders Chelsea in good stead. Cuadrado was also be a great asset for champions Manchester City (9/2 to retain the title), offering a different threat to out of contract grafter James Milner.
When Falcao missed the World Cup injured, strike partner Gutierrez filled the void well. Spurs, 6/1 shots to crash the top four this term, were linked with bringing the River Plate frontman to White Hart Lane, and we’d love them to launch a cheeky six-month loan offer to help ease the scoring burden on Harry Kane.
Porto playmaker Quintero should be watched by Premier League clubs with interest. Liverpool, 5/1 for a top four finish, are looking to replace Steven Gerrard and should consider this cultured continental option who will suit Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ style superbly. Alternatively, Quintero could be a great shout as a long-term replacement for Arsenal counterpart Santi Cazorla.