Enner Valencia To Everton And Other World Cup Stars That Deserve A Big Move
This years World Cup has brought us over 100 goals, early exits for Spain, England and Italy, South American dominance and a ‘standard’ bite from Luis Suarez. Here at Sabotage Times we’ve identified five players who have impressed with their individual performances who could get big moves this summer.
Name: Hector Moreno
Current club: Espanyol
Who should sign him: Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United
Stats: Hector Moreno has made a total of 14 clearances and two tackles per game so far in his Group A games.
Mexico’s defensive set up under Miguel Herrera has been excellent thus far in Brazil, with Guillermo Ochoa and Hector Moreno integral to their two clean sheets in their opening three group games.
The sheer stubbornness of the Mexico defence in the 0-0 draw against Brazil displayed that Netherlands may have a tougher round of 16 match that it looks on paper.
Moreno has been linked with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur and Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United, for a believed fee of around £8 million. What may sway the deal in Spurs’ favour is that Pochettino bought Moreno to Espanyol back in 2011.
Name: Ricardo Rodriguez
Current club: Wolfsburg
Who should sign him: Liverpool or Manchester United
Stats: Ricardo Rodriguez assisted two goals in their 2-1 win over Ecuador in their opening World Cup game.
In honesty, his World Cup performances have already added to the Ricardo Rodriguez trend since he notched five goals and nine assists in 34 appearances for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
Rodriguez is integral to Switzerland’s tactics where he keeps the width on the left while the attacking trio of Stocker, Xhaka and Shaqiri tend to cut in, giving the Wolfsburg player license to roam on the left.
Rodriguez has been linked with basically most Premier League clubs (Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, and Manchester United) throughout 2014, with Liverpool looking to be the front-runners for this particular deal. Wolfsburg currently value the Switzerland defender at around £15 million.
Name: Daley Blind
Position(s): Left wing-back.
Current club: Ajax
Who should sign him: Manchester United
Stats: Daley Blind has averaged an assist per game and a total of 16 tackles in the 2014 World Cup.
Similar to Switzerland’s Ricardo Rodriguez, Daley Blind’s stock was already high playing as the number 6 for Frank de Boer’s Ajax side before turning to international duty with the Netherlands. Louis van Gaal has predominantly played Blind as a wing-back so far in Brazil. While Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie have taken all the plaudits - Blind is the guy who sits quietly in the corner, but does his job to perfection. Bombing up and down the left flank for Netherlands, he was the player who supplied THAT Robin van Persie goal against Spain.
Again, like Rodriguez, Blind has been linked with Manchester United, and given that Louis van Gaal is now the United manager, this link could prove to become reality when the transfer window opens on the 1st of July, with the Ajax defender/midfielder worth around £8 million.
Name: Enner Valencia
Current club: CF Pachuca
Who should sign him: Everton
Stats: Enner Valencia has scored all of Ecuador’s World Cup goals.
The Ecuadorian striker is on level with the likes of Robin van Persie, Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller in terms of the most goals this World Cup, despite playing a team who were tipped not to make much of an impact in Group E.
Valencia scored 12 goals in 17 appearances for his club side and looked Ecuador’s biggest threat in the 2-2 draw against England in Miami, and has carried on his form to the World Cup with three goals in two games.
Premier League clubs have been placed on alert with Enner Valencia’s fine World Cup, with Newcastle United and Everton reportedly interested in the striker who is estimated to be worth around £6-8million.
Name: Juan Cuadrado
Current club: Fiorentina
Who should sign him: Liverpool
Stats: Juan Cuadrado has been involved with four of Colombia’s nine World Cup goals.
Colombia, along with the Netherlands and France, have been the most thrilling teams to watch so far in Brazil, with James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado currently running riot for the Colombians.
Juan Cuadrado has scored once and assisted three goals in three World Cup matches.
Fiorentina co-own Cuadrado with Udinese, that was until his two first World Cup games, when Fiorentina exercised their option to take full control of the ownership, which reportedly cost €15 million.
The biggest clubs in the world in Bayern Munich and Barcelona are currently looking at Juan Cuadrado to fill their right-back slot, a position he played for Udinese.
Fiorentina are without Champions League football, but Cuadrado is contracted until 2017, and La Viola will not let the Colombian go on the cheap, with the Colombian player currently worth around €25-35 million.
Stats via WhoScored.com
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