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Leonardo Campana: Profile of new Wolves signing and Ecuadorian talent

Wolves have started 2019/20 strongly. Despite having the fixture congestion of both the Europa League and the Christmas period to deal with, the Wanderers find themselves 7th in the table. Molineux continues to be a fortress and Nuno Santo’s side are feared by all sides in the league. The likes of Adama Traore have gone from strength to strength this year. However, that doesn’t mean their ambitious owners will stop bringing in new faces. It now looks like they will add Leonardo Campana to their squad.

You probably haven’t heard of Leonardo Campana. Ecuadorian playing in his homeland for Barcelona. Not that Barcelona, Barcelona Sporting Club. Yet he’s highly rated in Latin America, especially after his performances in the South American U20 Championships. So much so, Wolves have signed him, officially announced by the club earlier.

We’ll give you the rundown on why Campana has caught the eye of the Europa League side:

Leonardo Campana – Style of Play

At 6ft 2, the Ecuador international has the height to be an aerial threat and is a dominant physical presence. That’s what you would expect with a player of his build. However, he also has a decent turn of pace, coupled with good footwork, as shown in the video when he steals the ball of the defender skips past the other before finishing well into the bottom left corner. The perfect physical characteristics for a striker.

But technically too, Campana looks to be an intelligent player. Multiple times in the video, he makes smart runs into the box rather than running like a headless chicken. Then from there, the South American U20 Championship top scorer is an excellent finisher. The calmness he shows in the box when facing the keeper is not what you expect from a 19 year old. The quality of the finishes too, it all points towards a talented goal scorer that has that instinct in the box. 6 goals in 9 games in the tournament for Ecuador U20s is a testament to this.

Leonardo Campana in action for Barcelona SC

Alongside his ability to be a poacher, Campana also shows the creative and skilful side to his game. The Ecuadorian multiple times in the video shows his neat footwork with flicks, one touch football and good vision for a striker. This highlights his versatility to play both as a poacher or a playmaker, adding significant value to an attack. All in all, this looks like a shrewd signing by Wolves. Low risk, potentially high reward for a relatively unknown player. Leonardo Campana, remember the name!

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