Heads were scratched and sighs exhaled when clearance was still pending for Hugo Roberto Colace but the exotic names are definitley not few and far between down at Oakwell.
The midfielder has settled in ever so well to the English game, nestling in to protect the back four, scooping up loose balls and scraping out stray passes.
Hugo, who turned 25 on the sixth of January, was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina. He represented his country at Under-20 level at the FIFA World Youth Championships, where the Argentines finished in fourth position. Hugo was the captain of that side which included Manchester Utd’s Carlos Tevez and Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano.
Despite being signed in close-season, Hugo didn’t receive clerance to play for Barnsley until early September, but how the Argentine has got into the swing of things has surprised everyone at the Club, including the management.
Having made nineteen appearances already, there is still some confusion as to how Hugo’s surname (Colace) is properly pronounced. Perhaps ‘Smith’ or ‘Dave’ would be easier for Barnsley folk to pronounce but here’s how we can settle this: a Vital Barnsley poll!
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