If any West Ham United fans were willing to risk a blurry-eyed Monday morning half asleep on the number 12 bus, they were certainly rewarded.
Radio Globo claimed back in May that Gustavo Cuellar could be on his way to the London Stadium for a staggering £26 million. It is not often in this day and age that a potential big-money signing is a virtual unknown but Cuellar was a million miles from being a household name in the English capital.
A 26-year-old midfielder who plays in Brazil for Flamengo, Cuellar is famed in South America for his tenacity and class in the centre of the park. He is a defensive midfielder by trade but, as any watching West Ham fans would have found out in Monday morning’s Copa America clash between Colombia and Paraguay, he has a lot to offer in the final third too.
Cuellar scored the winner in a Man of the Match performance as Colombia secured a 100 per cent record in the Copa America group stage, bursting forward to fire through the Paraguay goalkeeper’s legs.
That was his first international goal and only the third of his senior career. He also completed 91 per cent of his passes, three interceptions and two tackles.
And there should be no one questioning his £26 million price-tag now.
I don’t know what defensive midfielder Gustavo Cuellar is doing up there or why he is shooting from that angle but I won’t complain!— Simon Edwards (@SimonEdwardsSAF) June 23, 2019
Great finish https://t.co/SR1Viw1Njq
Golazo from Gustavo Cuellar.— Simon Edwards (@SimonEdwardsSAF) June 23, 2019
Perfect finish from a very tight angle to give Colombia the lead. pic.twitter.com/7asUO9MPDo
Colombia's Gustavo Cuellar endearing himself to fans of blood and thunder by relentlessly chasing down a defender in final third. Leads to nothing but the fans love it.— Richard Martin (@Rich9908) June 23, 2019
Colombia has an entire squad!— Jose (@JmesaSports) June 23, 2019
There bench is as promising as there original starting 11. Gustavo Cuéllar & Luis Diaz really impresses me in today’s game.
Radamel Falcao García knows how to manage the team perfectly even without scoring. #Colombia #CopaAmerica
I love you Cuellar— Santos (@Crf_Moreiraaa) June 23, 2019
Cuellar God— Sávio (@savio_kallahari) June 23, 2019
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