BRYAN CABEZAS

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The fact that In­de­pen­di­ente’s left-winger was some­thing of a dis­ap­point­ment in both legs of the Fi­nal could not be taken as a ques­tion of tem­per­a­ment, be­cause in South Amer­i­can foot­ball there are few things big­ger than a meet­ing with Boca Ju­niors – and here Cabezas ex­celled. He scored home and away as the Ecuado­ri­ans got the bet­ter of the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Buenos Aires giants in both legs, show­cas­ing power, speed and skill that were too much for his op­pos­ing right-back.

Cabezas is a fine il­lus­tra­tion of the In­de­pen­di­ente pro­ject, as they iden­ti­fied his po­ten­tial, groomed him for five years and will now pre­sum­ably cash in on his sale.

The club’s most suc­cess­ful grad­u­ate is Jef­fer­son Mon­tero, also a left-winger. And while Cabezas does not have all of the sin­u­ous skills of the Swansea City man, he is more di­rect and phys­i­cally im­pos­ing.

There should be plenty more to come from the young man who si­lenced the Bom­bon­era sta­dium.

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