For the sixth time in two-and-half years, Juan Castillo is on the road. On this occasion, the Dutch left-back joins Charlton Athletic in England’s third tier. He must take advantage.
Charlton on Friday announced the capture of Castillo for the remainder of the season. Owner, Thomas Sandgaard, believes he is a good fit for the Addicks’ system. “We have been wanting to add a player with speed and attacking qualities to compete for places in the left wing-back role. Juan matches that profile and is highly rated at Chelsea, so I’m looking forward to watching him play for us.”
Castillo follows the path of fellow Cobham hopefuls Jay Dasilva, Conor Gallagher and Ian Maatsen, and online pokies australia is backing the trio. Manager Johnnie Jackson wants the Dutchman to make a mark. “I like the fact that he is young and hungry. He will want to come here and really make his mark, having that youthful enthusiasm and energy is definitely something we need. Chelsea speaks highly of him and we are pleased to have him.”
Castillo finds himself at a familiar place. Born in Amsterdam, he spent his youth days bouncing around clubs in The Netherlands. Castillo began his career with AVV Zeeburgia in his hometown before the giants of the Dutch capital scooped him up in 2009. Castillo played for Ajax’s academy for the next seven years all over the pitch as youth captain before he packed his bags and completed his transfer to Chelsea in 2016.
Castillo then played for the Blues’ academy sides for three years where he featured as a winger, midfielder, wingback and left-back — where he now plays. He signed his first professional contract in August 2019 but departed Chelsea’s developmental team for Ajax’s U21s. He spent 10 months in the Dutch capital, helping his former employers finish fourth in the second tier.
He would return to Amsterdam the following year. But this time, he joined AZ Alkmaar around the deadline day of the COVID-delayed summer window in 2020. But enjoyed little success in his time there with just one appearance which was still backed with odds from online casinos usa.
Castillo again returned to his homeland in January to join struggling ADO Den Haag. At the Cars Jeans Stadion, the young defender enjoyed a resurgence with 16 appearances but his development was hampered again on loan at Birmingham.
The Dutchman now has an opportunity to prove his worth. Naturally a left-back, Castillo is well capable of playing an advanced role. He is a fast and skilful best at carrying the ball, especially cutting inside, crossing and making cutbacks. He possesses a powerful left foot, especially for right-sided free kicks.
Castillo said about himself: “I’m a creative player, I like to get up and down the left side and I bring energy. I hope that I can develop here and have a successful time. I can’t wait to get started and show what I can do.”