Luis Sinisterra scored his first goal for Colombia on Saturday evening with his national press waxing lyrical over the Leeds United star’s performance.
Sinisterra moved to Leeds in a £22m deal from Feyenoord over the summer. Billed as the replacement for Raphinha, the Colombian moved to Elland Road following a excellent campaign in the Netherlands. Indeed, he scored 23 times in 39 appearances last season to earn that switch to Leeds.
Stepping into Raphinha’s boots looks a tall order to fill. However, Sinisterra has shown no signs of being in fear of the challenge following an excellent start. Indeed, he already has three goals to his name – and all from outside the area – to illustrate his abilities.
That record so far has seen him score a goal every 80.6 minutes he’s played for the Whites. And while is some stretch to suggest that record could continue, it’s little wonder to see Sinisterra ranking so highly on this list of rating all nine of Leeds’ summer signings.
Sinisterra had been capped five times for his country prior to his move to Elland Road. But he now looks set to become a regular in their international squad after his noticeable impact on Saturday evening.
Stepping off the bench in the friendly against Guatemala in New York, Sinisterra scored an excellent first goal for his country.
Introduced during the half-time interval, he took just 10 minutes to open his account for his country.
The strike came after a low cross into the box from the left found it’s way to Sinisterra, who buried a first-time shot into the top corner.
That goal put Colombia 2-0 to the good following James Rodriguez’s first-half opener.
Rafael Santos and Yaser Asprilla then put Colombia 4-0 up, before Oscar Santis’ late consolation.
Colombian press excited by Luis Sinisterra
Yet the Colombian media were most excited by Sinisterra and reckon the nation has another gem on its hands.
A plethora of them have hailed his all-round display with the best reaction coming from El Universal. The Colombian paper described Sinisterra’s strike as a “beautiful goal” and claims he is now “a great alternative in the attack of the Tricolor”.
Another prominent paper, El Heraldo, were also generous in their praise. Analysing his strike, they labelled his goal as “impossible” for the Guatemala keeper to save.
El Espectador columnist Hernan Pelaez Restrepo, meanwhile, was also hugely appreciative of Sinisterra’s display. And he reckons the Leeds United star is one of several players that the nation can come to count on in the years ahead.
“Young players with more experience could be added to this group, such as Jorge Carrascal, Daniel Muñoz, Andrés Román, Jhon Lucumí, ‘Cucho’ Hernández, Satos Borré and, of course, Luis Díaz, Luis Sinisterra and John Arias.”
Sini can become huge player for Leeds
It’s little surprise to read reports that Sinisterra is already catching the eye of an Italian giant. His form so far for Leeds means he’s already starting to look a bargain signing.
And it surely won’t be long before plenty more big names start realising just how good a player Leeds have.
There was disappointment at Leeds over their summer failure to land Charles De Ketelaere and Cody Gakpo. The two players were high on Leeds’ summer list. And the failure to land Gakpo, especially, looks a bitter pill to swallow.
But in Sinisterra, they might just have unearthed a genuine bargain.
Having bought Raphinha for £17m and sold him two years later for £52m, ‘Sini’ has the natural ability to become the next huge star at Elland Road.
Sini’s first goal for Colombia last night.
Can’t stop scoring right now… long may it continue
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His goals and performances so far have set a high bar. And it’s little surprise to see him continuing that excellent form for his country too.
Leeds director of football Victor Orta is often given a hard time for some of his signings. But after the success of Raphinha, he may well have struck gold once again with the capture of Sinisterra.
Colombia are next in action on Wednesday when they take on Mexico in another friendly.
Sinisterra will then jet back to England and his fitness – mainly as a result of possible jet-leg – will then be assessed. Leeds host Aston Villa next Sunday in their long-awaited return to Premier League action.