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Old 27-12-2005, 09:29 PM
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Default Liverpool take Chilean Winger Bolanos on Loan

The Deportivo Saprissa winger Christian Bolanos will be joing Liverpool in the January transfer window on a one month loan. Benitez was impressed by him at the World Club Championships and has invited him to join the squad for a month.

Little article on him by David Pleat

David Pleat
Tuesday December 20, 2005
The Guardian

A trip to Japan for the Club World Championship allowed me to keep an eye open for foreign players who might make it in the Premiership, and this Costa Rican winger impressed me. I predict he will find a new home for his talents in England or continental Europe after the World Cup.

Christian Bolanos plays in his homeland for Deportivo Saprissa, and a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised by his ability when they see him in action for Costa Rica against Germany in the opening game of the World Cup. He has pace and skill and is prepared to shoot when he cuts inside. It was his goal against Sydney that set up the meeting with Liverpool. Saprissa looked overawed, but Bolanos did not share those nerves. He wanted the ball and showed shrewd positioning by coming to receive from the touchline and then turning and facing defenders.

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His opponent from his position on the left was Josemi. Bolanos ran the ball with some style at the Spaniard and it was noticeable that Steve Finnan was back in the Liverpool team for the final against Sao Paulo. Shielding the ball strongly, Bolanos used his natural body swerve to go on the inside. But he also had the courage and confidence to try the outside, and showed when he popped up on the right that he is comfortable on either wing and can cross to good effect from both flanks.

I saw shades of the former Liverpool winger Steve Heighway in the way Bolanos played the ball in one direction, cut back sharply and went the opposite way, taking the ball with close control with the outside of his right foot. He has a good physique and an all-important change of pace. He showed an ability to move quickly with the ball, become almost stationary and then move off again, leaving defenders trailing.

The pen-pictures for the Saprissa team included some journalistic licence, or translation mistakes, with José Francisco Alfaro Saborio referred to as "frightful in the air". But Bolanos' description was spot-on in calling him "direct and dangerous". I was impressed not just by his work with the ball but by a couple of runs off it, when only last-ditch covering prevented him receiving a diagonal pass from a midfield colleague. He showed intelligence to seize the space between Josemi and Sami Hyypia.

The signs are that he can also track back, a vital requirement in the Premiership. Against Liverpool and in the third-place game against Al Ittihad he looked to be a worker. He needed to be alert against Liverpool because the Saprissa left-back was constantly dragged inside by Steven Gerrard. That left acres of space for Djibril Cissé or Josemi to get into, so Bolanos was forced to put energy into getting back.

Other attributes would need closer inspection. For example, how strong is he in the air and can he combine well with his colleagues? Differences of culture and language could also be stumbling blocks for him.

In Costa Rica he can earn £70,000 a season, giving him a very comfortable life in a country where the average annual salary is around £10,000, but Europe beckons. Few Costa Ricans have excelled here, though Paulo Wanchope has succeeded intermittently. This youngster looks worthy of a chance.

How he rates

Age 21

Nationality Costa Rican

Position Midfield

Height 5ft 9in

Weight 10st 6lb

Speed 8/10

Crossing 7/10

Skill 8/10

Team responsibility 7/10

Shooting 8/10

Pleat's valuation £500,000 (reflecting the status of his current club)
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Old 27-12-2005, 11:44 PM
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Old 28-12-2005, 01:24 AM
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How he rates

Age 21

Nationality Costa Rican

Position Midfield

Height 5ft 9in

Weight 10st 6lb

Speed 8/10

Crossing 7/10

Skill 8/10

Team responsibility 7/10

Shooting 8/10

Pleat's valuation £500,000

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Old 28-12-2005, 11:50 AM
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Old 28-12-2005, 05:57 PM
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Bolanos and Pleat...as good as it gets?
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Old 28-12-2005, 07:32 PM
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Old 28-12-2005, 09:37 PM
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will they get a work permit for him i wonder?
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Old 29-12-2005, 04:58 PM
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I'd imagine so. Chile are quite high (top 25 or so I believe) in those ridiculous world rankings.
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Old 29-12-2005, 05:05 PM
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I'd imagine so.
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Chile are quite high (top 25 or so I believe) in those ridiculous world rankings.
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Old 29-12-2005, 05:13 PM
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< mistype due to being severely hungover, his lad is from Costa Rica not Chile - well spotted Ho Chi lad >

When the decision on whether to grant work permits is taken one thing they consider is how high the player's international team is ranked in the world rankings (this was a big factor in the initial decision to refuse Gonzales his work permit). Costa Rica are ranked quite high so that increases the likelihood of him getting a permit.
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