Excitement is building around Alvaro Vadillo, the 19-year-old attacker emerging at Real Betis, and Premier League clubs would be advised to start looking into recruiting him.
While labelling a young player the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ is en vogue at the moment, there are some similarities between this talented young winger and the superstar breaking goalscoring records at Real Madrid.
Vadillo has taken a liking for taking up a position on the left so as to cut inside, though he has the ambition, speed and dribbling skills to start in the right and try to go down the outside of defenders.
Both are tall and straight-backed, with the ability to explode from a standing start past opposition players, though Vadillo’s shooting is not quite up to standard yet – Ronaldo’s shooting is probably the best in the world.
Premier League clubs should move for Vadillo now because he is approaching a crucial stage in his development and there is the scope for him to become as imposing a figure as the Portugal captain.
A move to England now could help to marry the technical brilliance instilled in him by an upbringing in Spanish football with the more physically challenging Premier League.
While Ronaldo was nurtured in his native Portugal and not with their Iberian neighbours, the parallels between the stage of his development when he moved to Manchester United and where Vadillo is now are interesting.
18-year-old Ronaldo made the switch from Sporting Lisbon to Old Trafford with burgeoning reputation and, though he struggled to adapt to the pace of the football, he eventually became one of the most talented players to have graced the Premier League.
Vadillo’s lithe, natural athleticism could allow him to have an impact from wide areas similar to that of Ronaldo after a period of adjustment. Indeed there have already been Premier League clubs linked with a move for him and his considerable talent makes it easy to see why.
Spain’s Primera División is the pinnacle of technical football but finishing his development in the Premier League, with one of the more technically leaning teams, could work to form Vadillo into a more physically potent winger.