Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Deportivo Municipal playmaker Rodrigo Vilca – and Nobby Solano has commented on his talent.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Newcastle were nearing a deal worth just £250,000 for Vilca, with the Magpies looking to the South American market.
Vilca will allegedly be loaned out immediately, as Newcastle feel that the 21-year-old isn’t physically ready for the Premier League yet.
Still, Vilca has been impressive over in Peru, bagging three goals and three assists in his last 10 games to put himself on the Newcastle radar.
Primarily a number 10 who can also play out wide, Vilca is being viewed as a Peruvian international and a real talent for the future.
Fans maybe won’t know much about Vilca, but as a Peruvian midfield player, the comparisons to Nobby Solano are only natural.
Solano was a cult hero at Newcastle across two spells with the club, hitting 48 goals in 314 games for the club before leaving for good in 2007.
Now, Solano has told The Chronicle that he thinks Vilca is ‘very technically gifted’, but is surprised to hear Newcastle want him because he has a lot of developing to do.
Solano wants to see him go out on loan, and has heard that Newcastle have a ‘plan’ for Vilca’s development, meaning he doesn’t have to make a huge leap into the Premier League immediately.
“He’s been in training with the national side and he’s very technically gifted,” said Solano. “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.”
“You need experience before you play in the Premier League. It’s a big challenge. From my own experience, I would prefer to see the boy play some first-team football on loan or with the Under-23s. Maybe he could even play another year in Peru if a deal is completed. It’s a different level for the boy and for anybody to make such a huge step up so quickly. What we’re hearing is that his people and Newcastle have a future plan for him,” he added.