In a season where the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have massively struggled, Arsenal are looking strong to win the Premier League title, and Newcastle United have risen as the new top force in English football, the incredible resurgence of Brighton has been buried. The Seagulls are currently in sixth and, under Roberto De Zerbi, have become a force to reckon with.
The team’s rise can be attributed to various things, but one of the most important is their impressive scouting network, which has helped the clubs identify quality players brought in for a low fee over the years. And by far, their most remarkable recommendation has been Moises Caicedo, a man now the centre story of a transfer tussle between Chelsea and Arsenal.
Brought from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle, who also developed Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie and the wunderkind Kendry Paez, Caicedo has become an integral part of Brighton’s midfield in the current season.
Playing in a central midfield position, Caicedo has been Brighton’s controller-in-chief, directing the team’s play through his impeccable passing and extraordinary vision. This will require any top club to part with a large sum of money if they want to add the Ecuadorian to their ranks. Caiceo’s numbers suggest just why Arsenal and Chelsea are after the Ecuadorian, and FootTheBall break down these exemplary stats.
Moises Caicedo career stats
Caicedo was one of the most prominent youngsters to come out of Ecuador and had helped his club, Independiente del Valle, win the under-20 Copa Libertadores, scoring a crucial goal in the semi-final against Flamengo.
After joining Brighton, Caicedo was immediately sent on loan to Beerschot in the Belgian Jupiler league. He would play 12 matches for the outfit before Brighton recalled him in January 2022. And despite playing only eight games in the Premier League, Caicedo was among the top 20 midfielders regarding interceptions and Expected Threats (xT) from carries. In addition, he was also tenth when it came to making successful tackles.
However, it has been the current season where Caicedo has proved he belongs to the top level. According to fbref, in the…