Carlos Gonzalez-Cabrera destined for big football future

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In a climate where Spanish players are hot property, it looks like there is another youngster who is ready to burst through the doors of a Premier League club.

Carlos Gonzalez-Cabrera has not long turned 16, but he is already turning heads with his goalscoring ability.

The striker came through the ranks at Real Zaragoza, but left the recently relegated La Liga outfit at the beginning of this summer. Since then he has had a trial with West Ham, but has yet to sign a professional contract with anyone.

During his week-long visit to East London, the 5"9 forward took part in an under-18 encounter with Leyton Orient in July.

Entering the fray as a half-time substitute, Gonzalez-Cabrera grabbed an equaliser for the Hammers, despite initially being played out of position on the left wing.

He soon got the chance to show his capability as a striker, and finished the game in a more advanced role, a vantage point from where he was able to add a second, and secure victory for the Hammers.

Likened to a younger Thierry Henry or Fernando Torres, the Spaniard is exceedingly quick across the ground. He may not be big physically, but that is an attribute of many world-class players from his homeland.

According to representative John Sorzano, who also represents Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie, the teenager wasn't offered a deal with West Ham due to his inferior size. He also told GiveMeSport that the teenager has since been offered an opportunity with Atletico Madrid.

Nevertheless, what he may lack in strength and size, he more than makes up for with his agility and reading of the game.

He was also part of the under-18 squad that the Upton Park side sent to the Eurofoot tournament in Belgium. And yet again, the youngster was amongst the goalscorers, this time in a 3-0 win over AA Gent.

It is surely only a matter of time before this new Spanish prodigy is snapped up by a big club. Whether his future lies in England or not remains to be seen.

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