Balanta joins Booy's Army
On a high from their FA Cup success against Man Utd Andrew Booy wrapped up his 2nd signing of the January transfer window picking up young Colombian defender Eder Alvarez Balanta
from Argentinian side River Plate. Balanta joins for an initial 2.5 million
that could rise to 3.1 million and is delighted to team up with fellow Colombian Mario Buitrago at Ashton Gate.
Balanta can play at LB or CB but will initially partner Denswil in the centre of defence demoting Marc Wilson to the substitutes bench. His overall versatile capabilities have led him to be likened as one of the more promising young defenders from South America, earning praise even from Europe. River Plate former coach Ramón Díaz has compared Álvarez Balanta's talents to that of legendary Daniel Passarella.
A Colombian international, he made his debut against Tunisia on 5 March 2014 and was later named in Colombia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Balanta is described by FIFA's official website as "left-footed, powerfully built, strong in the air and a fearless tackler ... blessed with skill and speed".
Booy also signs youngster Alvaro
is a 16 year old Spanish left winger who joins Bristol City for 2.3 million from Spanish side Cadiz B. At first it seems a lot of money to spend on a player who is only 16 but Booy's scouting team believe he could grow to become one of the best left wingers in the game, at first he will primarily develop with fellow youngsters Taylor and Ansell in and around the 1st team squad.....watch this space!!