Tottenham boss Pochettino explains why imminent Chelsea signing Cuadrado is a 'top player'

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he's a huge fan of winger Juan Cuadrado ahead of his move to Chelsea.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes reportedly imminent Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado is a fantastic player.

The Fiorentina winger, 26, was one of the stars of the World Cup as Colombia dazzled their way to the quarter-finals in Brazil.

The former Udinese star was linked with a move to Manchester United after the tournament, but now finally appears to be set for a move England.

According to Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella, Cuadrado is set to complete a move to Chelsea in the coming days, with the BBC reporting the fee will be in the region of £23.3m.

The pacey winger will add a new dimension to the Chelsea attack, and Pochettino told the press what makes Cuadrado so special, as reported by Sky Sports on Friday.

"He is a top player," Pochettino said. "He is a decisive player. He is very strong. I've watched him a lot playing for Colombia, his national team. (Jose) Pekerman and Nestor Lorenzo, the manager and assistant manager for Colombia, are my friends. I speak always about Cuadrado. He is a top player."

A number of top South American players have struggled to acclimatise in England, including Juan Sebastian Veron and Diego Forland, and whilst Pochettino - an Argentine himself - acknowledged that Cuadrado could well fail in the Premier League, he believes the winger has the necessary attributes to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

"You never know but he has all the attributes to be successful here," he added. "He is a very good player. He's a wing-back. He can play like a winger and like a full-back. He is strong, he is powerful and he is very technical."

Given that Tottenham have played Chelsea twice already in the Premier League this season, there is only one scheduled fixture where Cuadrado will go up against Pochettino - and that's in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley in March.

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