Fury for Piero Hincapié, the last jewel of Ecuador

The Ecuadorian Talleres center-back is being one of the positive notes of his team during the Copa América. Betis and Atlético have already taken an interest in the 19-year-old.


Ecuador is an inexhaustible source of young talents. And usually almost all of them come from the same place. Independiente del Valle is the great quarry of Ecuadorian football and one of the best in South America. Players like Angelo Preciado or Moisés Caicedo have already made the leap to Europe and the next one wants to be Piero Hincapié. The 19-year-old central defender, who currently plays at Talleres de Córdoba, is one of the great sensations of the Copa América. His good performances in just three games played with the Tricolor shirt are crossing borders and he already has several European clubs pending in his footsteps.

According to Estadio Deportivo, the Betis board would welcome the incorporation of the young center-back to make up for the possible departure of Sidnei. But not only the Verdiblancos have been interested in Hincapié, but Atlético de Madrid would also have put it on their agenda, as well as other greats in Europe such as AC Milan, PSG, Bayern Munich, Roma, Newcastle, Celtic or Lens. A list with very important names who already know what the price they have to pay if they want to take over their services: ten million euros, of which 50% will go to Independiente del Valle, who did not want to completely get rid of one of its great jewels .

After a great step through the lower categories of the Ecuadorian team, where they won the Copa Libertadores Sub-20 last year, Hincapié only needed a few minutes with the first team to attract the attention of Talleres, who signed a contract until 2025. Left-handed , firm in the removals and deliveries, with a clean ball output, power in the aerial balls, brave and cheeky, Piero is one of the pillars of the T of Cacique Medina, who played a great role in the last League Cup Professional in Argentina. He can also act as a left back if the situation requires it and he is a player who freely likes to join the game creation phase and abandon his more defensive role. Upon his arrival in Córdoba, Hincapié also underwent a great physical transformation. Measuring 1.84m, he weighed 67 kilos and had to reach a minimum of 73, so he got down to work. He worked alongside Medina and his coaching staff and managed to gain that weight and become a more physical center-back.

In this Copa América it has been uncovered and, for the moment, it is being one of the high points of an Ecuador that is costing a world to face the matches. The match against Colombia marked his debut with the National Team and was one of the best on the field, and he had two portents like Zapata and Cuadrado in front of him. In the tie against Venezuela he was also correct and against Peru, despite the fact that he made a mistake that cost him a goal against La Tri, he left quality details. Like all young players, he is too brave and sometimes risks too much at the start, something he has plenty of time to perfect.

These small details to improve do not prevent him from being one of the most outstanding centers of the Copa América. According to data from Sudanalytics teammates, he is the first in completed dribbles (6) and in driving (7), in addition to being the second center-back that has won the most aerial duels (11) and closes the podium in won defensive duels (6) , with special mention to a remove to Cásseres in the duel against Venezuela. He also has 27 recoveries, 28 successful defensive actions and 13 interceptions. Numbers that could well be from a veteran center-back.

Ecuador's next game, against Brazil, will be vital in defining Gustavo Alfaro's future in the 2021 Copa América and Piero Hincapié is confident of continuing to start and help his National Team advance to the quarterfinals. Overcoming the group stage would also be a greater showcase for a Hincapié who dreams of playing in Europe.

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