Sam Allardyce has expressed his interest in signing Martin Careers after the Uruguayan has become a Free Agent – but the deal won’t be done till after Deadline Day.
Caceres is an experienced, versatile defender who has played at club level for Barcelona, Sevilla and most recently under Antonio Conte at Juventus. Able to play at centre-back and right-back, Caceres came through the ranks of Villarreal before a €5m move to Barcelona who were managed then by Pep Guardiola.
Caceres has enjoyed a successful international career with Uruguay, reaching the semi-finals of the 2010 World-Cup in South Africa and in the 2014 instalment, his side beat England and Italy. On the international stage, Caceres has a 43% win rate – higher than team-mate Diego Godin.
Caceres has had a turbulent career and has moved between Barca, Juve and Sevilla 6 times before settling with The Old Lady in 2012, where he stayed until 2016. He contract ran out in the summer and it appears financial demands have been stopping him from penning a contract in the past 6 months. Crystal Palace, injected with money from the £5.12bn televising rights deal and with Allardyce as manager, will now make a contract offer for the Uruguayan.
Caceres will offer The Eagles an injection of pace in defence. Coupled with the introduction of Van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp, Palace’s new backline will be stronger and quicker. Scott Dann and Damien Delaney have only produced 29 blocks between them this season. The introduction of Caceres and his no-nosense style of play should certainly reduce the number of goals conceded for the second half of the season.