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West Brom To Shock Rest Of Europe By Signing 5-Time Serie A Winner: Is He Worth The Fuss?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

The new season started quite some time back across the whole of Europe and it is really shocking to see a player of Martin Caceres’ ability still without a club. The Uruguay international was released by Serie A giants Juventus this summer after an injury-troubled season at the Turin club.

The 29-year-old, however, is back to shape now and there are a host of clubs looking for his services at the moment if reports are believed to be true. However, talkSPORT claims that it is West Bromwich Albion who are leading the race for the Copa America winner’s signature ahead of clubs like Chelsea, Inter and Milan.

This could be one of the biggest ever transfers made in West Brom’s history if Tony Pulis can pull it off. Caceres has a highly impressive resume to his name winning several big honours for his club and country. Signing him will not only be a big addition on the pitch but also can be a big boost to the dressing room. A treble winner with Barcelona, five-time back to back Serie A winner with Juventus and a Copa America hero of Uruguay- Caceres has always been successful at whichever club he has played for.

Caceres is a complete defensive player and can play anywhere across the back four as well as a defensive midfielder. He is predominantly a central defender but has been used as a right-back, left-back, right wing-back, left wing-back and a defensive midfielder throughout his trophy-laden career. The Uruguayan comes with a never say never attitude and always gives everything in his locker for the side.

Uruguay's Martin Caceres celebrates after scoring against Chile during their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifiers football match, in Montevideo, on November 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PABLO PORCIUNCULA (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old has a frame of just 5’11” but still excels in the air mostly thanks to his athleticism. As you expect from a Uruguayan player, Caceres demonstrates brilliant tenacity on the pitch. He boasts a strong physique and can outmuscle even the strongest of strikers. Meanwhile, you can easily anticipate how quick he is from the fact that he is very well capable of plying his trade as a full-back on either flank or even as a wing-back.

West Brom’s centre back pairing right now is 36-year-old Gareth McAuley and 28-year-old Jonny Evans while 33-year-old Jonas Olsson is the only backup. Caceres would easily slot into the starting XI in either at the heart of the defence or in either of the full-back position. A player of his calibre, experience and international recognition will be a big boost for the Midlands club.

Tony Pulis can also be tempted to use Caceres in a defensive midfield role alongside Claudio Yacob or replace the Argentine with him. The 69-capped Uruguay start will provide a number of options to Pulis.

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