Juan Fernando Quintero | Column by Javier Castell Lopez

Juan Fernando Quintero |  Column by Javier Castell Lopez

I am nothing more than a beggar of good football. I go around the world, hat in hand, and in the stadiums I beg: a nice game, for the love of God”. For example, the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano prayed in his football book ‘Football in Sunshine and Shadow’. And it is perhaps the request of all lovers of good football.

If Galeano lived and lived in Barranquilla, I have no doubt he would have wanted ‘Juanfer’ Quintero to wear the Junior jersey. The well-trained and fine-grained left-handed midfielder from Antioquia specializes in cheering up those beggars. His greatest virtue is handling canvas and brush and drawing aesthetic and effective passes, dribbles and shots. Quintero stands for stylized football, the one who falls in love with his class. His vision and perfect shot guarantee that the ball almost always goes to the best place and to the right teammate to bring harmony and danger to his team’s attacking quest. But despite that creative talent, Quintero has been a footballer who has failed to establish himself as a regular starter in the clubs where he has played. He has the inri that he is a 30 minute player.

Junior, but especially Alex Char, one of the team’s owners, had a desire to hire him for this season. A commitment that was accompanied by the necessary dose of propaganda and media. The interest in such a highly rated player for a “very bad football”, as Fuad Char’s own words put it, was surprising.

Undoubtedly a very bold intention, which aroused exciting anticipation, but his early and unfinished exhibition increased the disappointment of the fans, the days when his arrival did not seem to come true. Until yesterday, Friday, his recruitment was fixed. It’s definitely betting on his talent versus his inconstancy. It is a disproportionate investment in favor of quality versus lack of continuity. It is the dichotomy between the confidence generated by his class and the distrust generated by his diminished physical reserve. A player in excellent condition, but prone to injury and who, due to his record, does not guarantee 20 games played in 90 minutes.

Like Eduardo Galeano, I also want to see footballers who give away nice little moves, like Quintero, but I also understand the obligations of professional football, the need for teams to have good performances from their players in most matches. Especially if that player is going to be the biggest contract in Colombian football in its history. The fans, his new teammates, the coaching staff and the managers are waiting not only for his brushstrokes, but for his complete work.

Source: El heraldo