Moises Caicedo, one of the best young talents of recent years, has signed with
Brighton Hove & Albion FC in the Premier League.
The 19-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder was linked to many clubs in the Premier League as well as Atlanta United. One of the frontrunners was Manchester United, but after they announced their disinterest in pursuing him, other clubs, including Atlanta were suddenly in prime position to sign the young midfielder.
Atlanta United had been looking at the midfielder for quite some time and was impressed with his talent. Despite only playing four games for Ecuador, Caicedo shined in all of his games, producing some unreal numbers at the international level. He also became an integral part of his squad at the club level, having been promoted to the starting XI of Club Independiente del Valle in the Ecuadorian league. Manchester United looked to be the favorite to win the young midfielder, but after a 4.5-million pound offer was declined, they decided not to pursue the deal. Ultimately, Brighton won, but the amount of his contract has not been announced yet.
We’ve talked about Caicedo’s abilities in a previous article, so we won’t repeat what he can offer. It appears to be a missed opportunity for Atlanta United, not because of his natural talent but of his potential to be a star. There is a reason why many top clubs pursue players at very young ages. Clubs can always spot promising talent, and Caicedo is undoubtedly one of them.
However, the decision not to sign him could be that he did not fit into Heinze’s plans. With Jeff Larentowicz gone, Atlanta United lost a midfielder with the technical ability to beat an opponent’s press. Caicedo may have not been able
to fill that role, so it may have not been the best move. Despite being such a popular target, it’s great to see that our manager knows what he wants and has a clear blueprint that he wants to stick to. If Caicedo cannot fit into his plans, it won’t matter if he is a future star. Whether or not this was the right choice, we will just have to wait and see. Only time will tell if the decision was a good one or a missed opportunity.