When Newcastle announced the arrival of Rodrigo Vilca on deadline day, it signalled a strange twist in strategy.
Before the Peruvian’s arrival, Lee Charnley and Steve Bruce had been busy bringing primarily British talent to St James’ Park in Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and Jamal Lewis.
All of whom are players with Premier League experience and know-how, whereas Vilca is the complete opposite.
At just 21 years of age, the attacking midfielder has never played outside of Peru.
However, he might just be Charnley’s best bit of work in 2020.
Why? Well, given the massive fees thrown around nowadays, the £200,000 spent on Vilca is barely anything.
The Chronicle revealed the youngster’s lowly fee.
To contextualise that statement, Jonjo Shelvey earns £10,000 more than that figure a month if Spotrac is to be believed, who say the England international takes home £70k-a-week.
In the modern game, a player’s value can soar astronomically in no time if they show they can perform in the Premier League.
Just take a look at our very own Sean Longstaff. ESPN said that we valued him at £50 million after just nine Premier League appearances last summer. On that occasion, Manchester United were said to be left stunned.
While it might’ve been a lofty price-tag, it wasn’t an unjust one despite the fact our No.36 hadn’t yet reached double-digit appearances in the top-flight.
To further reinforce the point, only shortly before ESPN published that news, the Red Devils spent the same amount on Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, who had only just completed his first full season as a Premier League player.
The BBC reported his £50 million fee.
That just goes to show that there is value in blooding youngsters in England’s top-flight. Even more so, there are barely any world-renowned Peruvian stars in world football, so just imagine the marketing potentiality if Newcastle can produce one.
For just £200,000, there is barely any risk involved – the positives of the deal far outweigh the negatives, if any.