With the transfer window deadline fast approaching, Juventus have secured the services of Ecuadorian midfielder José Francisco Cevallos Enríquez. Cevallos arrives in Turin from LDU Quito on a short-term loan deal and will be hoping to prove his worth in Antonio Conte's side.
Despite being just 18 years of age, Cevallos has already caused a stir in footballing circles, already making 45 appearances for former club LDU Quito at a professional level. Despite the teenager being on the radar of a number of clubs, Juve were the first to make an official move for the attacking midfielder.
If you are thinking that the name sounds familiar, you would be correct. Cevallos is in fact the son of former international Ecuadorian goalkeeper José Francisco Cevallos.
Cevallos generally plays just in behind both strikers, very much similar to a trequartista. Since Conte's formation doesn't make allowances for such a position, I would imagine Cevallos would slot into the midfield—his style is very similar to Claudio Marchisio's. Let me tell you, this guy knows how to pick out a pass. He is by no means flamboyant, uses minimal step-overs and has a fantastic ability to open up play with a single pass.
Don't let his age fool you. At 18, Cevallos' passing ability and vision on the pitch will stand him in good stead come the time he debuts for Juventus. I would be surprised if by the end of the season Cevallos hasn't started at least one game for The Old Lady.
Watch this space and remember the name.
José Francisco Cevallos Enríquez, welcome to Juventus.