Whilst Chile was being hit with Brereton-Diaz mania over the summer as the English born striker was the unlikely hero of the Copa America for the South American’s, with a goal, a couple of assist and now the face of Pepsi, Napoli were quietly working away in the background to bag what many in Chile believe could be the next superstar off their conveyor belt.
Luciano Arriagada is a 19 year old striker, who like Brereton went to the Copa America and managed to stay off the Radar due to the hype of having an English born striker leading the attack, against the likes of Argentina and Brazil. Plying his trade for Colo Colo in Chile, the flying teenager has already been amongst the goals in his handful of first team games for the Chilean side, so much so, he is now a full international.
“I think there is some good young players in Chile right now, and although its never been a breeding ground for superstar after superstar, Chile has produced the Likes of Vidal and Sanchez, who have played and won a lot at the very highest level. We currently have Brereton at the club, although he has agreed a transfer to Dnipro, and Vidal which will help Arriagada settle in. With many clubs and Football associations refusing to release their players for September’s internationals due to the red country status and potential quarantine, Arriagada is likely to get even more full international minutes to add to the ones he managed at the Copa America. Every young player carries a risk when you sign them, as you are weighing up the likely improvements against the squad space. I do like this kid, I think he has great potential to fly up the ratings and catch the eye of some of Europe,s biggest clubs. Chile is very much in a transition looking for new hero’s with the old guard very much at the end of their careers. When I look at Brereton three years older and the hype that’s gathering traction around him, it gives me real confidence that we are in a great place with Arriagada, as they are fighting out between themselves to be the new main man up front for Chile. Brereton won’t play in Septembers internationals due to the EFL’s domestic ban on players, going to red countries. This really gives Arriagada a fantastic opportunity to stake a claim to be Chile’s number 1 striker.”