Sunday, October 1, 2023

The young full-backs who need to be taken into account in the Cacique

Arturo Vidal analyzed Colo Colo’s 1-1 draw against Deportes Copiapó and addressed a problem that exists in the composition of the team: the right-back. Óscar Opazo was injured and the designated man was César Fuentes.

With this in mind, King expressed his opinion and was categorical. “Fuentes cannot play as a right-back. How come Colo Colo, which has the best cadets in Chile, doesn’t immediately have a youth team again? Look where he’s running. I’m not saying he’s playing badly. He runs a lot and helps a lot, but not as a winger,” he said.

Given this uncertainty about Arturo Vidal, at DaleAlbo we tell you all the young alternatives that Gustavo Quinteros has for the right-back position.

Which young right-backs does Colo Colo have?

Colo Colo have two players in the first team who can fill this position and who the vast majority of Albo fans know.

Jeyson Rojas: The 21-year-old full-back has played 16 games between the National Championship, the Chile Cup and the Copa Libertadores. If we convert that into minutes, it’s 1001 in these three competitions. On a footballing level, the player was crucial during the season to avoid relegation, but his performance declined. The San Javier native eventually took over this position as he had been a central defender for a long time in youth football.

Bruno Gutiérrez: another who stayed at right-back without being one. The Macul-trained player was also a central defender in youth football. Today, at the age of 21, he has played 12 games in the Colo-Colo jersey, equivalent to 692 minutes.

Matías Pinto: The 19-year-old full-back is one of the most projectable players that Colo Colo Projection has today. He is a trained right-back and Gustavo Quinteros considered him in pre-season. A player who promises much more in this position than Rojas and Gutiérrez.

Santiago Bravo: another 19-year-old defender who plays as a right-back in youth football, but also played as a central defender for a long time. Nowadays he is not taken into account by Eduardo Rubio, but once he was present in an official summons of the first team of Colo Colo by Gustavo Quinteros.

Juan Pablo Reyes: young man with a lot of projection, promoted to Colo Colo Proyecció in 2023. In 2022, he was crowned champion of the U17 category. He recently started getting minutes with Eduardo Rubio, in fact he scored a goal in Semillero Albo’s win against Universidad de Concepción.

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