A few days ago Manchester United announced the signing of their new Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez from Universidad de Chile, but who is the young Chilean and what is he doing at Old Trafford?
This is not the first time that Manchester United have signed a little-known player in recent times. In the last few years they have signed Javier Hernandez from Guadalajara and, somewhat more comically, Bébé from Estrela.
Henriquez has been known to United for quite a while now, having come to Manchester for a trial with The Red Devils at the tender age of 14. Since then Fergie and his team have been closely following his progression into a first-team player at Universidad de Chile. Here he went on to score 11 goals last season, averaging just over a goal every other game.
So he can clearly stick the ball in the net, but what are his other strengths? Well, according to South American football expert Rupert Fryer, Henriquez possesses great pace and is adept at wrangling free of defenders inside the penalty area. The young Chilean also has a great footballing brain having played under a coach with a style similar to that of revolutionary Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa during his time at Universidad de Chile.
Henriquez has also been compared to Javier Hernandez in his style of play. Despite arguably being more agile and skillful than his Mexican colleague, Henriquez will usually look to play on the shoulder of the last defender ready to make incisive runs towards goal.
Nobody can know for sure whether Henriquez will be a success at Manchester United, but his arrival should allay the fears of the Old Trafford faithful who have had to witness many of their top young stars, including Zeki Fryers, Paul Pogba, and Ravel Morrison leave the club this summer. Many will hope the signing of Henriquez will signal the start of a new era of young stars at Old Trafford.