Keeper arrives to challenge Cillessen
Following the departure of Jaume Doménech, Valencia have finally secured the services of a new goalkeeper to provide competition to Jasper Cillessen for the number 1 spot, as Wuilker Faríñez arrives from Millonarios. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the 23 year old shot stopper began his career with local club Caracas, becoming the first team keeper at just 17 years old back in 2015. His first season proved to be memorable, as he was to set a record of playing minutes without conceding, going 689 minutes without being beaten.
He remained first choice the following season, earning a place in the Primera Division team of the season for his performances in the 2016 competition. The following September, he earned a moved to Colombian giants Millonarios, officially joining his new team in January 2018. His debut came at the end of the month, keeping a clean sheet in the 2018 Superliga Colombiana, with his side winning the second leg to give him his first taste of silverware. He was to make nearly 50 competitive appearances in his first year in Colombia, with another 35 in his second year, ultimately earning himself another move, this time on loan to join French Ligue 1 side Lens, who had recently won promotion from the second tier.
During his year in France, he continued to impress, keeping 10 clean sheets in 38 games with the struggling side, who ended up being relegated at the end of the season after finishing 19th. With the keeper, who also has 29 international caps to his name, keen to stay in Europe, this brought him to the attention of Valencia, who were looking for a value signing to replace the departure of long term goalkeeper Doménech, and a deal of around £1.8 million was agreed between the Spanish side and Millonarios. Already speaking the language naturally, it is hoped the new keeper will quickly settle and apply pressure on Cillessen, who has recently also seen himself dislodged as the number one for the Netherlands.Share this: