Current stories have seen Sunderland linked with a transfer for Manchester Metropolis-owned ahead Marlos Moreno, with the Black Cats one among plenty of Championship golf equipment who’re believed to be eager on signing the 25-year-old.
Having returned from a current non permanent stint at KV Kortrijk in Belgium, the Colombian gem is at the moment coaching with French aspect Troyes – a part of the Metropolis Soccer Group – though is eager on a keep in England this summer season, having spent the previous six years out on mortgage at golf equipment throughout the globe.
Signed by the Etihad outfit from Atletico Nacional in 2016 on a £4.75m deal, the winger – who has only a yr remaining on his current contract with Pep Guardiola’s aspect – is but to function for his mother or father membership, with a departure, both completely or on mortgage, seemingly an inevitability this summer season.
Regardless of by no means managing to pressure his means into first-team reckoning with the Premier League champions, the £810k-rated menace has nonetheless blossomed elsewhere, notably having fun with a wonderful mortgage stint at Belgian second division aspect Lommel throughout the 2020/21 marketing campaign, scoring six targets and offering 4 assists in 25 video games in all competitions for the membership.
That glowing spell noticed the eight-cap worldwide lauded by journalist Sven Claes, who acknowledged that he “was one of the best participant of the league”, whereas additionally highlighting that the ahead had so usually “embarrassed” defenders together with his mixture of pace and trickery down the flanks.
Have Sunderland had a profitable window up to now?
A participant with 40 purpose contributions in 189 membership profession video games up to now, the 5 foot 7 star is little doubt an actual expertise, with the actual fact having been emphasised by comparisons to Brazilian icon Neymar by South American knowledgeable Tim Vickery upon his signing for Metropolis.
He stated: “There aren’t any ensures however not because the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar have I been so enthusiastic a couple of younger participant.”
Though that high-profile transfer has since did not work out, it’s nonetheless telling that Moreno was likened to a participant of such magnitude in Neymar, with that maybe illustrating a expertise that merely must be unlocked.
Whereas he has his controversies, the Paris Saint-Germain genius is a participant that any supervisor would possible welcome into his aspect, with the 30-year-old having lit up European soccer over the past decade or so.
The 119-cap celebrity – who’s the second highest scorer in his nation’s historical past – has netted 278 targets and supplied 174 assists in 466 membership profession video games to this point throughout his spells at Santos, Barcelona and on the Parcs des Princes, with such figures the envy of most within the trendy recreation.
That electrical kind continues whilst doubts creep in concerning his long-term, enjoying future, having registered six purpose contributions in simply two video games up to now for the Ligue 1 champions within the new season, with the mercurial magician a very distinctive asset.
Whereas Moreno is much from reaching such heights, for these of a Sunderland persuasion it’s going to little doubt be intriguing that they might have a Neymar-esque determine on their palms if the participant can reside as much as Vickery’s previous declare.
That evaluation would seemingly point out that the “fantastic” gem – as dubbed by Claes – has the uncooked expertise to be an actual success on the Stadium of Mild, with a lot potential there to be unleashed.