Radio 5 Live’s North American Football Expert Gives His Opinion
As many of you will know, Juan Agudelo, a Colombian born American striker is currently on trial with Celtic Football Club. Having only just turned twenty, Juan is still a young man. During his relatively short career thus far, he has played with New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA and the United States national team, whom he scored for on his debut in 2010. Standing at just over six feet tall, he is widely regarded as one of America’s most promising footballing talents.
Those of you who listen to the radio may well have heard of BBC Radio 5 Live’s “World Football Phone-In” (also available as a podcast). Aired every Saturday morning, between 2am and 4am, it is hosted by Dotun Adebayo, and features regular guests who are individually considered to be experts with regards to football within a particular continent.
Yesterday, one of these guests happened to be the show’s resident expert on North American football (or “soccer”), a gentleman named Sean Wheelock. Unable to sleep, I decided to text in in an attempt to hear Sean’s views on Agudelo. Around half an hour later, said text was read out, and Mr Wheelock offered the following reply.
“I really like him a lot. He’s only just turned twenty. He’s pacey, smart, and a natural born finisher. He has great potential for the future. He moved from Colombia as a child, and his talent was spotted at an early age in the States. If he’s not quite good enough to play regularly as an international, he’s certainly not far off it. “
In the past, he has trained with VFB Stuttgart and Liverpool (all American internationalists are sent to train with European clubs during the US off season). Speculation is rife that Neil Lennon will look to offer him a deal in the January transfer window. We shall see.