Soccer: Cyle Larin’s big challenge

Canadian striker Cyle Larin is taking on a new challenge by starting a loan with Spanish La Liga club Real Valladolid and this is the first time the Ontarian has been in one of Europe’s big four leagues. .

Since leaving North America and Orlando City SC, Larin has played mostly in Turkey, but also in Belgium. It was Club Brugge, the team of his compatriot Tajon Buchanan, which gave him the opportunity to continue the season in Spain.

« I didn’t play a lot in Bruges, so I came here to play more and get back to scoring, » he explained on Wednesday during his presentation to the media in the city of Castile and Leon.

Larin was only used for 13 appearances in Brugge, where he scored only one goal. The 27-year-old had his heyday with Besiktas, one of the most prominent trick clubs, netting 39 in 108 appearances. The caliber will be even higher in Spain.

« I’ve always liked to face challenges in my career, » he added. La Liga is one of the best leagues and I want to prove that I can play on the big circuits and with the best players.

Back in purple

As in the days when he revealed himself in Major League Soccer (MLS) with the “Lions”, Larin will once again wear a purple jersey. Let’s say that Real Valladolid is rather in the red lately, he who occupies the 18th place in the ranking.

One of Larin’s missions will be to get his new club out of the relegation zone.

“I came to help the team. I know she is a little lower in the ranking. I know the atmosphere is good, the coaches too,” he said.

“Before arriving, I watched several games and I liked the style of play. I believe it complements mine. I know that Real Valladolid has a great history,” continued the Canadian.

Several representatives of the Maple Leaf have changed addresses after the World Cup in Qatar. Larin has a prolific international record and one of his long-term goals is to stay in manager John Herdman’s good graces.

“Being in Qatar for my first World Cup was a great experience. We played against the best teams on the planet. Several of the World Cup players also play in La Liga. I would like to participate again,” he revealed.

Larin could make his debut for Valladolid on Sunday against Valencia.

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