[World Cup] Key Player Review: Columbia – Juan Cuadrado

In the absence of Radamel Falcao and Edwin Valencia, Colombia are in a peculiar situation. They have three strikers, Carlos Bacca, Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez, who all do roughly the same job. Two of them will start.

They also have two central midfielders, Carlos Sanchez and Fredy Guarin, who are tenacious rather than creative, and therefore they need some variety from the flanks.

James Rodriguez should drift inside from the left, but right-sided Juan Cuadrado might be even more crucial. A brilliantly tricky, direct and ruthless old-school winger, he’s playing against some very attack-minded left-backs in the group stage.

Both Greece’s Jose Holebas and Japan’s Yuto Nagatomo will allow him space to break into, and Cuadrado should shine.



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