WATCH: City loan ace scores a ‘Marco van Basten’ stunner
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Norwich City striker Sebastian Soto’s prolific start to his spell in Holland continued on Friday night with a finish that drew comparisons with Marco van Basten’s stunning finish in the Euro88 final.
The 20-year-old guided a superb far post volley from a deep cross past Stijn van Gassel in Telstar’s 2-0 Eerste Divisie home win over Helmond Sport.
Soto’s classy slot has already been viewed 96,000 times on social media, and the forward grabbed a second to seal the win to take his tally to five in seven outings since completing a season long loan move.
The US youth international joined Norwich on a free transfer in the summer, after leaving Hannover, but was farmed out to Telstar when work permit regulations ruled him out of Daniel Farke’s immediate plans.
Soto’s stunning strike evoked memories of Dutch legend van Basten’s acrobatic far post volley in Holland’s Euro88 final win over the former Soviet Union.
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The City loan export is currently at the centre of an international tug-of-war with both the US and Chile, the country of his father, keen to entice Soto into their respective senior plans.
Soto made it clear during the build to Friday’s game it is a ‘50, 50’, call with the youngster in regular contact with Chile’s head coach having previously made headlines with a scoring burst for the US at the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup.
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The US national men’s team have a scheduled European training camp next month for their overseas talent and US boss Gregg Berthalter admitted recently he views Soto as part of a bright future, with the likes of Barcelona’s new signing Sergino Dest already making the step up to the senior ranks.
“He’s a player we really like, he’s been in our programme,” said Berthalter, speaking on the Counter Attack podcast. “All we want to do is create the environment that players want to be in. We don’t like to lose players.
“There’s no way I’d be happy about him going to play for Chile because we feel like he can be an important player for us in the future.
“It’s trying to create an environment players want to be in, it’s trying to play a way player want to play, and hoping they choose for us.
“Sergino is another guy, he had options. He could have easily played for Holland and he decided to play for us. So we try to do the work on our end to keep these players.”
Soto’s latest brace moved Telstar up to seventh in the early standings. Norwich club mate, Dan Adshead, was a second half substitute in Friday night’s win.