Speaking to Sky Sports on Thursday, South American football expert Tim Vickery shared his thoughts on Newcastle’s latest signing Rodrigo Vilca.
Vickery told Sky Sports (via NUFC Blog): ‘He really has very little pedigree with a mid-table side in the Peruvian league, which at the moment, the standard is very weak indeed.
‘There’s some talent there. But he looks very much of a lightweight.’
Newcastle announced the Peruvian’s arrival on deadline day, where they stated that he would initially link up with Chris Hogg’s Under-23 side.
Vickery is right to be apprehensive over this deal. While we stated that it could be Lee Charnley’s best bit of work this year – and stand by that – Vilca hasn’t achieved much in the game yet, and it would be wrong to pile expectation on his shoulders.
Transfermarkt reveal that the 21-year-old has made just 29 appearances throughout his career.
In those outings, Vilca has four goals, three assists and five yellow cards.
There is obviously a player in there, or his talents wouldn’t have been brought to the attention of a Premier League side.
However, it is worth erring on the side of caution regarding this deal. The playmaker needs time to settle on Tyneside, integrate with his teammates and also bulk up if Vickery’s ‘lightweight’ comment is to be taken seriously.
Given his age and low transfer fee, Vilca should definitely be afforded all the time he needs.