Melvin Valladares could have an important attacking role to play for Honduras at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. A hard-running attacking midfielder who likes to get forward, Valladares has seen his career take an upward turn in recent years and his appearance at the world finals may well be the making of him.
Now 25, he made his first Honduran league appearance with lesser lights Valencia and then moved on to Real Espana. After impressing in his first few outings he suffered a series of injuries and was sidelined for a considerable period of time.
His fortunes improved in 2009, by which time he had regained full fitness. Valladares’s performances with Real were good enough to merit inclusion in Reinaldo Rueda’s squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States, where he showed he belonged at international level.
Keeping his place with Los Catrachos, he was also given a trial by English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur. And though he ultimately failed to earn a move to north London, it was a further sign that he was on the right track and that his injury woes were well behind him. Should Valladares put in some compelling performances at South Africa 2010, he could make that move to Europe a reality sooner rather than later.