Jose Leandro Ulloa, centre-forward, 24 years old, 1’86m. Almeria FC
Certainly, Jose Leandro Ulloa is the hero of Lillo – the manager of Almeria. That is for sure! In fact, Ulloa has (surely!) at least temporarily saved Lillo’s job by scoring the equalizer in Almeria’s 1-1 draw with Hercules last weekend. This was typical of of Jose Leandro Ulloa who is a target man and excellent in the air.
Ulloa arrived at Castellon (in the Spanish second division) 2 two seasons ago, and scored 30 goals (2008/09 – 16 goals and 2009/2010 – 14 goals). This was enough to convince the La Liga side UD Almeria to sign him.
Jose Leandro Ulloa came out of San Lorenzo, Buenos Aires, Argentina where Castellon followed him from the age of 16. He had a great career since then and he would undoubtedly make an ideal centre-forward for English football. Indeed, it may not be long before you see him dressed in the colours of a premiership club. Certainly, Almeria is a “selling” club – and they may struggle to keep their place in La Liga this season.
I cannot go without saying something about the most valuable ally Jose Leandro Ulloa has on the field at Almeria: Pablo Piatti. Pablo Piatti is a tiny 21 year old, forward of just 1’63m who was vital to Estudiante de la Plata (Argentina) in their winning of the the Apertura tournament in 2006. Pablo Piatti became Almeria’s record signing when they paid 7m euros for him.
Pablo Piatti was also part of the terrific 2007 under-20 World Cup squad of Argentina who were proclaimed World Champions. The team also included Sergio “Kun” Agüero (Atlético de Madrid ), Angel de Maria (Real Madrid) and Ever Benegas (Valencia CF). All of these players are valued at well over 20m euros today!
RELEVANT INFO: Look at Jose Leandro Ulloa’ goal against Hercules!