Surprise caused Niklas Castro’s nomination to the Chilean national team for the friendlies against Colombia and Guinea, which will be played this Saturday and next Tuesday in Europe. It is that the striker of Aalesunds of Norway has scored 15 goals this season in his team and caught the attention of Reinaldo Rueda.
Ben Wells (@FRfotballBen) is a Norwegian football analyst and works at Football Radar, so he knows very well the career in the European country of the Chilean father.e. «He’s a natural goalscorer with a spark of creativity,» Wells told today.
How do you define Niklas Castro’s game?
He was primarily a centre-forward in his early years, but his role has evolved lately, playing as a second striker. He is a very skilled player with the ball, but he has the instincts of a center striker, so he loves to run into the area and beat the defenders.
How is it positioned?
He is a highly qualified player since his youth, when he played for Valerenga Oslo. He was always highly valued internally by the club, but never managed to get into the first team and instead played for the second team before being originally loaned to Kongsvinger, a fairly local club in Oslo.
What is the main contribution Niklas makes to his team in Norway?
Niklas is a hardworking player, always full of energy and commitment to the game. He’s also incredibly skilled with and without the ball, which I’m sure Chilean fans will love. He is not a typical «Norwegian» footballer in terms of his style of play and you can see that the way he plays is clearly influenced by South American footballers.
Is this the best version of Niklas Castro in what he’s in his career?
Right now, this is his best season in Norwegian football. He is playing for a very big club in the country that unfortunately is in the second division. However, he has impressed before. After leaving his childhood club, Valerenga, in his early 20s, played two seasons with Kongsvinger, another club that played for OBOS Ligaen, and did well scoring 22 goals and becoming one of the most highly valued players on the teams. He is currently the best player in the Aalesunds.