Luis Díaz entered the Premier League liking. The minutes in the FA Cup already leave what to say about the Colombian, because his level and his first minutes left good feelings. Now, against Leicester, he had almost the whole game, being substituted at 88, to the applause, he was one of the highlights for the fans and the British press.
Adaptation time is a thing of the past, when a player enjoys the technical and physical conditions to be able to show himself and get ready for football, which is considered one of the most demanding and competitive in the world. The peasant needed little of that, because on the field he showed the capabilities to contribute to a style of play that is consolidated, that plays by heart, where the Colombian seemed to have had many work sessions.
The memory of Colombians in England is pleasant. There were cases in which the rhythm of the competition, injuries and technical decisions of the strategists did not let the Colombians shine, who came with a poster to stand out, but ended up being the disappointment.
The beginning of the peasant paints for the opposite, since it was expressly requested by the German, followed since he arrived at Porto. The memory of three Colombian players who left their mark on the cradle of soccer. Remembered for their goals, for staying in the highest demand.
Starting with Hamilton Ricard, who arrived at Middlesbrough, where he played a total of 132 games, scoring 43 goals. The Colombian started in the second division, to later rise with the ‘Boro’ to the Premier League, where he was one of the top scorers in the 1998-199 season, along with players like Michael Owen, Wwight Yorke, Nicolás Anelka and Andy Cole.
Another who left his mark was Faustino Asprilla. The player arrived at Newcastle in 1996, where he is remembered for that hat trick he scored against Barcelona. The ‘Tino’ is one of the players most remembered by the magpies in recent times.
Juan Pablo Ángel landed at Aston Villa, coming from River Plate in 2001. He stayed until 2007, where he played a total of 205 games with the villains and scored a total of 70 goals.
Another Colombian who had a good run through England, both in the first and second divisions, was Hugo Rodallega. He arrived in 2008 at Wigan, where he stayed until 2012 and scored a total of 24 goals in 117 games. He moved on to Fulham, playing until 2015 to end up in Turkey.