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Rising Talent: Andy Polo

ImageWith Uruguay’s recent surge up the FIFA World Rankings, other South American teams are looking to emulate that sort of form and follow in their footsteps.

Peru are looking towards the future and have one player that is certain to have a huge impact on their future fortunes as they bid for World Cup qualification, aiming for Brazil 2014 and making a massive impression in their own continent.

European power-houses are battling to all land the signature of Andy Polo.

The 17-year-old striker is impressing scouts from across the globe with his promising performances for Universitario Lima in his home country.

Polo has already appeared in two continental club competitions, played a pivotal part in a top-flight domestic league season and an international youth championship. This wonderkid’s career would be envied by even the top players in the game.

In March 2011, Polo played in the South American U17 Championship and despite his side being knocked out after the first group stage, he grabbed three goals within four games and really put his name about in European footballing circles.

South American youth championships have been notorious for being a market for raw talent and potentially world-class stars in recent years and it looks like they will continue to uphold that reputation as players like Polo are continuously being produced in the far corners of the globe.

In the season just past, Polo scored five goals and made two assists, giving him a regular spot in the first-team. He will hope to build on that form this season and really cement himself as a regular goalscorer in the division.

Coach Chemo del Solar,¬†ex-Tenerife player told imscouting.com: “His talent and audacity are unstoppable. I put him on the starting lineup and he behaved like a veteran. I know we will not have him with us for much longer, we have to enjoy him while we can. I see a great future for him. He will be the new Jefferson Farfan”.

Polo’s only weakness, although there is hard to find one with a boy of his age exceeding expectations greatly, could be his height. He is only 1cm taller than Lionel Messi, but then again, height hasn’t troubled Argentina’s greatest player.

He plays with an attractive flair, but remains unselfish on the ball. Many liken him to Robinho or Sergio Aguero, someone with an eye for goal but can also provide the mesmorising skills to come with it.

Universitario are currently experiencing some financial difficulties and therefore it is believed they will sell Andy Polo to the highest bidder in the upcoming January transfer window. There is a wealth of clubs bidding for his signature including Udinese, Juventus, Genoa, Ajax, Twente, Olympiakos, Real and Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villareal. Despite this interest, the Bundesliga looks like Polo’s most popular choice and it is thought that in the new year we could see him playing his trade at Schalke or Hamburg, who have both expressed an undeniable interest in the youngster.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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