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Chelsea signing Cristian Cuevas has bright future

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Chelsea finally concluded their two-year pursuit for Chilean starlet Cristian Cuevas. South American starlet, who turned 18 in April, was a star in Chile's U-20 South America and World Cup campaigns. 

The deal to bring in Cuevas is believed to be worth £3.4 million, and he joins on a five-year deal until 2018. 

Linking up with his team on their tour of Asia, Cuevas is excited after moving to the Premier League club.

"I'm very happy. Chelsea were following me for more than a year. What I wanted happened, which was joining the club," he said. 

Earlier he had described his training stint at Chelsea as the "best week" of his life and was delighted to be training alongside Frank Lampard. 

Cuevas, who started Chile's U-20 World Cup opener against Egypt, played a crucial role in helping his team to a 2-1 win, before being sent off in the 80th minute.

It forced him to miss the next match against England, in which they eventually drew amidst the talented wingers absence. 

He played in all the remaining games leading the side to the quarterfinal at the expense of European giants England and Portugal.

The youngster, who appeared on a trial at Chelsea's Cobham base last year, was plying his trade for Chilean side O'Higgins. a club in which current Barcelona coach Gerardo Tata Martino played during his career, and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini managed during the 90's.

With the addition of Cuevas, Chelsea seem to have added a youngster who can deliver in the long term. Cuevas has played 10 games for the Chilean club, and is expected to take some time to adopt to English football because the difference in standards, culture and playing style.

It is believed that Udinese's interest in the player is the reason behind Chelsea quickly wrapping up the deal. 

The youngster who made his mark as a 16-year-old, has played as a left wing back in 3-4-1-2 formation and a left winger in 4-2-3-1 formation. It's still not certain which is his best position.

The left winger can also operate as a left back and will be a great addition to the Chelsea youth setup.

Cuevas game play is blessed with good balance and sudden acceleration abilities. His attacking movements are unpredictable as he can move in any direction leaving the defender to play catch-up or to bring down the diminutive Chilean. 

He possess the qualities and skills for a winger, hugging the touchline to deliver crosses into the box or cutting inside to take shots on target. These qualities makes him a good addition to the Chelsea squad.

Cuevas possess decent close control and his nimble foots allows him to stoop past defenders with clever insteps. He is a willing runner with good work rate. Primarily left footed, Chilean is not afraid to use his weaker foot as well. 

His tendency to go down to the ground even with a minimal contact might not go down well in Premier League. He needs to hold off the minimal challenges rather than exaggerating and falling down like hit by a truck.

He has already shown that he is a tough customer with fearless tackles, which even earned him a red cards. But he needs to reduce the play-acting. 

The Chilean youngster Cuevas, already possess the mentality to succeed in world football. His footballing attributes also puts him in a good stead, Chelsea need to fine tune his talents before unleashing the youngster. It might take some time, but as the signs indicates, it will be worth its weight in gold.

What do you think, how long it will take him to succeed at Stamford Bridge?

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