A potential move to Sunderland is a “good opportunity” for Herediano youngster Jewison Bennette, former Costa Rica international Roy Miller has told Aquii Colombia as he tips the winger to adapt to a physical and fast-paced Championship.
Now, it’s probably not unfair to assume that Jewison Bennette wasn’t a name on the radar of many Sunderland fans at the start of the window.
But with the Black Cats closing in on a £1million deal as they sign the 18-year-old on a four-year deal, Bennette will no longer be a mysterious figure on the banks of the Wear.
Bennette, a tricky left-footed winger, recently became Costa Rica’s youngest player and now has six caps for his country. The teenager has also scored twice, providing an assist in just four league games for Herediano so far this season.
And Sunderland, according to former Costa Rica international Miller, could be the making of a player looking to follow in Bryan Oviedo’s footsteps at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland could sign hotshot Jewison Bennette
“It’s a good opportunity for Bennette,” says Miller, who played against England in the 2014 World Cup.
“What he showed was good. It can be seen that he is focused, he has a mentor in his father who has already played (at a professional level).
“You can think the English league is physical, with physical players. He remains to prove (his skills), as he demonstrated with the national team, with his club team.
“Even though there are very tall, physical players there, that doesn’t mean he won’t do well. I hope he can take advantage of the opportunity.”
Costa Rican starlet Brandon Aguilera has already moved to England this summer. Joined Nottingham Forest from LD Alajuelense before returning on loan to Central America. It remains to be seen whether Bennette will be included in Sunderland’s first-team plans immediately. Or if he too will spend 2022/23 on loan
“He’s probably most comfortable playing out wide in a 4-3-3. His main strength is bringing defenders when one-on-one,” Costa Rican reporter Kevin Jimenez told Roker Report.
“Can it adapt and how quickly? There is no doubt that it is a smaller side that relies on speed and technique versus strength and power. So we’ll see.
“The talent is there but it will be up to him to adapt and Sunderland to develop him properly. So it’s hard to say now (if he will succeed).”
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