With Roman Pavlyuchenko seemingly on his way out of White Hart Lane in January, Harry Redknapp will have some money to spend on his replacement and one of the latest rumours is that Chilean striker Humberto Suazo will be that man, but who exactly is he? There are two basic characteristics that summarise Suazo, one that he is a goal machine, and the other that he suffers from disciplinary issues.
Throughout his career, Suazo has fallen out with a vast array of people, his attitude and desire to play football has also been questioned, but one thing that is not in doubt is that when he wants to play, he scores goals. At 28 years of age, Suazo is no young starlet about to spring into European football; he was a late bloomer, mainly down to his own lack of desire to train and work hard in his early career. He spent the best part of 5 years in the Universidad Católica youth academy from the age of 16 but he barely trained and never really looked like putting the effort in to make it at the top level. Fed up with his antics and unwillingness to train, Católica loaned him out to the second division Chilean side Nublense.
Suazo proceeded to spend around six years at small Chilean clubs but his reputation for scoring goals during this time grew and grew. At both San Luis and Audax Italiano he had a quite stunning goals record and this persuaded Santiago giants Colo Colo to sign the striker in 2006. It was time for Suazo to shine and he did not disappoint. During his spell at the Chilean club he scored on average, nearly a goal every game, and helped the Santiago team to three titles during his short stay at the club. In 2006, he scored 51 goals in all competitions, a record tally in the Chilean league and it was not long before there was interest from other clubs outside of South America.
Mexican side Monterrey snapped the striker up for £5million in 2007 but Suazo once again began to misbehave. He had a torrid six month spell at the start of his career in Mexico and he fell out with both team-mates and supporters. He was rumoured to be leaving the Mexican club in January 2008 but he called a press conference vowing he would improve his attitude and his lacklustre performances. Things changed almost immediately for the Chilean striker as just a month later he scored a hat-trick against Tecos and in April he scored four goals in a game against rivals Vera Cruz. “El Chupete” (The Pacifier), as he was known, was back and he continued his excellent scoring record, helping Monterrey to the Apertura 2009 Mexican Championship only a week ago with a 6-4 aggregate victory over Cruz Azul. Suazo scored the final goal in a 2-1 second leg victory to secure Monterrey’s third Mexican title.
At 5 ft 7, Suazo is not the tallest of strikers but his strength, ball control and powerful shot make him a formidable striker. He is now also a regular for Chile after making his debut in 2005 and was the top goalscorer in South American World Cup qualifying with 10 goals, one ahead of Brazil’s Luis Fabiano. He will certainly be a threat at the World Cup and would definitely be a handful in the Premier League if Harry Redknapp chooses to take the risk on the controversial forward. The player will apparently cost £10m, according to the Daily Mail and The Sun and Suazo’s club Monterrey are willing to part with him. Club President Jorge Urdiales admitted:
We will listen to and discuss any offers we receive. We have to offer Suazo the opportunity to grow and succeed elsewhere. He wants to play in Europe and we will leave it down to the player and his representatives.
We will have to wait and see if he comes to White Hart Lane but in the mean time, here’s some footage of the player: