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Summer Scout - Jherson Vergara

The Summer Scout sees our Scout checking in on all of the summer's top tournaments, from Toulon, the European Under-21s, Under-20 World Cup and the Confederations Cup.

Our Scout will report back and you can comment on what you think of our appraisal.

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Scout Facts:

NAME: Jherson Vergara
AGE: 19 (7th October, 1995)
BORN: Flordia, Colombia
POSITION: Defender
CLUB: AC Milan
FACTS: Helped Colombia win 2013 South American Youth Championshipnn

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:

0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

The latest player under our scout's gaze is Colombia's Jherson Vergara.

The scout reports...

We start our summer of talent spotting at the prestigious Toulon tournament - an Under-21 competition for invited national sides.

As South American champions, Colombia were always looking likely to be one of the most interesting teams and indeed that is the case.

We check on the player we think is their star performer, defensive stalwart Jherson Vergara.

Vergara is a real beast of a centre-half, built like a typical English defender - he looks to have everything at his disposal.

Vergara has only just turned 19, but he already seems to have his future mapped out having recently been snapped up by AC Milan.

He started his career with Universitario Popayan and aged 16 in 2011 he was handed his first professional contract.

However, Vergara was already becoming known in his homeland after starring for the Under-17 national side and he was snapped up later in 2011 by Deportes Quindio.

But he soon found himself loaned back to Popayan, and it is with his former club where he has matured into the outstanding prospect he is now.

He really rose to prominence earlier this year - again on the international stage as he helped Colombia capture the famed South American Youth Championship, and it was whilst in Argentina that he attracted the attention of a host of clubs.

But it was Milan who were first to act and stepped in to seal his much coveted signature.

And from his appearances in Toulon it is clear to see why Milan made the move.

Two footed, comfortable in possession and he loves a challenge, as they say. Vergara is an athlete, quick and hard to get around, but he is also a very good footballer.

Confident with both feet, he can also pick a pass - but his biggest asset is in the air. 6f 2in anyway, he has a great spring and provides a stern test to any striker.

The scout says...

Looks a massive talent, one of the best young players - let alone defenders - in South America and has a huge future ahead of him.

He has chosen to begin his European journey early - but few clubs are better at nurturing talent than Milan and he looks in very good hands.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 6 out of 10

Passing: 7 out of 10

Tackling: 8 out of 10

Heading: 9 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 7 out of 10

Current ability: 7 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10

OVERALL SCOUT RATING:61/80

Current value: £3million

Potential value: £40million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Vergara - now we want your views. Have you seen Vergara in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

Get in touch, either using the form below, email or the scout's Twitter feed - @skysportsscout

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