Birmingham City have confirmed the arrival of Juan Castillo at St. Andrew’s this summer.
In a statement posted on the Birmingham website, the club announced that the Chelsea left-back will be joining the Blues on a season-long loan deal, running until June 30th next year.
The 21-year-old becomes Lee Bowyer’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window, having already brought in the likes of Jordan Graham, Ryan Woods and Chuks Aneke, all of whom arrived on free transfers.
Considering just how much potential Castillo appears to possess, his arrival at St. Andrew’s is yet another impressive addition to Lee Bowyer’s squad ahead of next season, with the 44-year-old undoubtedly being left buzzing by the capture of the defender.
Indeed, there is good reason to be excited about Castillo, as the former Ajax youth starlet has impressed on a number of loan spells away from Chelsea so far in his career.
First of all, after being loaned back to the Ajax U21 side in 2019/20, the left-back went on to feature 23 times for the youth team, over which he provided six assists and helped his side secure a fourth-place finish in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie – the second tier of Dutch football.
Last season, the £630k-rated spent the first half of the year on loan at AZ Alkmaar, where he made just one appearance for the first team, although impressed for the club’s U21 side in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, earning an average SofaScore match rating of 6.70 over his six appearances in the competition.
In the second half of the season, the £3.1k-per-week left-back linked up with ADO Den Haag, featuring 16 times in the Eredivisie for Ruud Brood’s side, making an average of 1.1 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and taking an average of 0.3 shots per game.
As such, the former Netherlands U20 would indeed appear to be an exciting addition to the Birmingham squad, as he looks to be a player with a very bright future in the game, as well as one who could well possess the ability to help fire Bowyer’s side towards the top end of the Championship table next season.