Cult Hero : Nolberto Solano

By on December 3, 2010 - 76 views
Name: Nolberto Solano

Position: Midfield

Nationality: Peruvian

Club: Newcastle / Aston Villa

Nolberto Solano could have been described as a poor-man’s Daivd Beckham during his time in the North East, as the wing wizard was a crossing and free-kick specialist.

He combined his footballing skills with a passion for the trumpet and could certainly hold a tune. He joined the club in 1998 and formed a strong partnership with powerhouse forward Alan Shearer; his quality deliveries and Shearer’s aerial ability were a perfect blend.

Questions of loyalty to Newcastle arose in 2003, as his dedication leaned towards his national side. Earning over seventy caps for Peru, his fiery commitment to his country led to Solano eventually being sold by Bobby Robson in January 2004. However, he would return in 2005 to the fans delight – they even chanted his name during the unveiling of Michael Owen.

During his short spell at Aston Villa in 2004 he was named the club’s Player of the Year and Top Scorer, although a swap deal in the summer for James Milner was just too good for David O’Leary to turn down.

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