Kendry Páez

Kendry Páez to Chelsea will happen, as the West London club are preparing vehemently for the future.

Chelsea Football Club have signed many brilliant and talented players in Europe’s top-5 leagues.

After signing the likes of Andrey Santos, David Datro Fofana, and others in the January transfer window.

The Blues still have some young players on their radar, preparing for their future.

Of course, the West London club are going through a lot at the moment, as regards their recent all-around performance.

Regardless, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali are hell-bent on improving their squad.

According to several reports, Chelsea have reached agreement with Independiente del Valle to sign Kendry Páez.

The West London club believes the 15-year-old is a promising attacking player, having seen his displays.

Kendry’s move to Chelsea may be the largest transfer fee for a player from Ecuador.

Therefore, he’s most likely to become the most expensive Ecuadorian in history.

The 15-year-old transfer fee may be €20 million, regardless of his age. Apparently, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali believe so much in the player’s potential.

Meanwhile, Kendry Páez won’t be able to join Chelsea Football Club in the Premier League until he’s 18-year-old. Therefore, he’s expected to move to Stamford Bridge in 2025.

The player is one of the best talents in South America. He has already scored on his professional debut for Independiente del Valle, making waves for the Ecuadorian side.

The likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City were all interested in the 15-year-old Ecuador international. However, he chose to join the Blues family.

Of course, the West London club hijacked Mykhailo Mudryk from Arsenal. They beat the Reds and the Red Devils to sign Enzo Fernández, and Andrey Santos also chose them.

Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali are beating many Premier League clubs to sign some players.

Their project keeps interesting most of the young football in Europe’s top-5 leagues.

Interestingly, Páez is the only Ecuadorian footballer to score a goal in his official debut in all categories he was promoted to.

He scored in his U-17, U-18, and professional debuts. Meanwhile, he did it in less than one year, having been just 15-year-old. Obviously, the Blues have got another real gem on their hands.

Chelsea Football Club are seriously scouting South America. They signed Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama, who is arguably seen as Brazil’s next top midfielder.

At the same time, they are on the verge of signing Kendry, who’s one of the best Ecuadorian talents in history. Both are expected to be at Stamford Bridge in the next three years.

The Ecuador international plays as an attacking midfielder, a left footed one. He looks like the missing piece since Juan Mata left Stamford Bridge.

Potential-wise, Kendry has many things in common with Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. His technicality is on a different level, as he loves to play from the left.

Kendry Páez stats in the U-20 FIFA World Cup

4 games

9 key passes

314 minutes

2 assists

1 penalties

1 goal

11/19 successful dribbles

Who is Kendry Páez? 

He’s actually a product of Independiente del Valle’s academy, which happens to be one of the best youth systems in South America.

The Ecuadorian side have apparently developed many brilliant talents, such as Brighton Albion’s Moisés Caicedo.

Kendry is considered one of the best talents of his generation in South America. Apparently, he has many years ahead of him in the world of football.

At the age of 15, Páez made his professional debut for Independiente del Valle. And he scored in their 3-1 victory over Mushuc Runa on February 25, 2023.

As a result, he became the youngest debutant and goalscorer in the Ecuadorian top flight, drawing attentions from several clubs across Europe.

Kendry sees Lionel Messi as his football idol, as regards how to improve his dribbling prowess. The 15-year-old watched the seventh Ballon D’or winner as a child.


Kendry Páez

Kendry Páez Strengths and Weaknesses 

Having been just 15-year-old, the Ecuadorian youngster’s attributes outweigh his shortcomings. As a result, he’s expected to establish himself at Chelsea.

Kendry has versatility as one his biggest assets. He can comfortably play as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder, and winger. That shows his level of potential.

Speaking of the player’s strengths, he has pace, dribbling, passing, vision, and technique. He’s very dangerous inside the box, believing so much in his left foot.

As an attacking midfielder, Páez is similar to Juan Mata and Bernardo Silva. As a winger, he’s very similar to Angel Di Maria of Juventus.

In addition, the Independiente del Valle’s academy product is very creative, always creating chances for fun. His ball control is flawless.

Just like Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United. Kendry’s first touch makes him unpredictable against the opposition. Other strengths of the player are;

  • Football IQ
  • Athleticism
  • Long shots
  • Agility
  • Set-pieces

As regards his weaknesses, Páez needs to work on the frequency and quality of using his weaker right foot. Like Hakim Ziyech, he relies solely on the left foot.

The 15-year-old Ecuadorian gets frustrated on the pitch easily, as he usually argues with the referee, even his teammates. Of course, that’s bad.

Therefore, he’s expected to work on his mentality on the pitch. Apparently, he would have to improve so as to succeed at Chelsea, particularly in the Premier League.

Also, his defensive contribution is very poor. He’s not the kind of winger who tracks back to balance the team’s defensive performance.

Kendry Páez’s Style of Play

The Independiente del Valle’s youngster is an advanced playmaker, having had Lionel Messi as his football idol. He likes to attack from the middle.

The Ecuadorian is a wide attacker who likes to dribble, using tricks to get past his opponents. Like I said earlier, Páez loves to play a free role, roaming and finding space.

Kendry is very unpredictable in a 1v1 situation, always putting his first touch and speed on display. He’s good in both direct and indirect set-pieces.

As a result of his ball movement and pace, the 15-year-old Ecuador international is dangerous in counter-attack. Looks like a good signing for Chelsea.

Páez loves to play long shots, thanks to his flawless finishing ability. He has the ability to score sensational goals from distance.

The player is able to make quick combinations with his teammates at top speed. In the midst of tight situations, he always makes use of his pace.

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