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Big things expected of Everton FC signing Bryan Oviedo, says Costa Rican journalist
WHEN HE shot to fame in Costa Rica he was nicknamed El Gallo, ‘The Rooster’, because of his flashy hair-style – but Bryan Oviedo was sporting a more toned-down image when he arrived at Everton last week.
Signed primarily as cover for Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar on the left flank, the 22-year-old is aware he will have to bide his time if he wants to be star of the Goodison flock.
Maybe he knows there is only room for one iconic hair-cut at Finch Farm with Marouane Fellaini’s ‘fro the biggest show in town, but those who have watched his career develop back home predict it will not take him long to catch the attention of Evertonians. The £2m signing from FC Copenhagen is one of a generation of bright young things in Central America, and shone for his country in the 2009 U20 World Cup before going on to become a regular for the full senior side.
And with his wholesome image and exciting skills making him a hero in his home capital San Jose, Costa Rican journalist Esteban Valverde, of Al Dia newspaper, expects big things. “In Costa Rica the people thinks that Bryan is a great player,” says Esteban. “He played very well in the World Cup U20 in 2009, when Costa Rica won the third place, and this generation of players are heroes. “He never had a social scandal, so when it comes to the national team he is one of the most respected and loved.
“Also, Bryan always delivers 100% when he plays, which is essential if you want the fans of Costa Rica to appreciate you.” Esteban believes Oviedo’s attacking prowess is his major asset, but warns he will have to work on the defensive side of his game in England. “His strengths are definitely speed, power, and getting forward,” he says. “He’s good in the one versus one situation, passes nicely and has a great shot with his left leg. “Defensively he adheres to a system and is good but sometimes he does not go back quickly enough when he has gone forward and he must work on his heading, and distribution with his right foot too.”
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