Ulloa has scored 3 Premier League goals in 4 games, and has helped Leicester haul in 5 points from an incredibly tough start. Some teams have spent £20-30m on a summer striker, and yet Nigel Pearson seems to have bought a gem for £8m.
We think Ulloa could be the Bargain of the Summer, not just for Leicester City, but for any team in the premier league. We want to hear YOUR thoughts on him, and the fantastic start he has made.
Here is his official Wiki background notes :
Early years / Castellón
Born in General Roca, Río Negro, Ulloa started his career in 2002, playing with Argentine second division side Comisión de Actividades Infantiles Comodoro Rivadavia. In 2005 he moved to the top level, signing for San Lorenzo de Almagro where he was part of the squad that won the Clausura 2007.
Shortly after, Ulloa joined Arsenal de Sarandí. In the summer of 2008, after a brief stint with Olimpo de Bahía Blanca, he moved to Spain to play for second division’s CD Castellón, being reunited with former C.A.I. teammate – and countryman – José Carlos Tabares. He scored 16 goals in his debut season, his team’s best and sixth in the league.
Ulloa posted similar numbers in 2009–10, but Castellón was relegated after ranking 22nd and last. In late June 2010 he moved to another club in the country, UD Almería, sigining a five-year contract with the La Liga outfit.
On 13 September, in only his second official game for the Andalusians, Ulloa scored in the last minute for a 2–2 home draw against Real Sociedad, after an individual effort. The following month, against the same opponent in the Spanish Cup’s round-of-32 first leg, he netted twice in the last 20 minutes to help his team come back from 0–2 to win it 3–2, in the Basque Country.
On 22 December 2010, again in the domestic cup, Ulloa scored three goals and assisted on another, as Almería downed RCD Mallorca 4–3 in the first leg, winning 8–6 on aggregate. On 16 January 2011 he took his league tally to five, netting in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid, after finishing a move from countryman Pablo Piatti.
Ulloa was crowned the 2011–12 season’s top scorer, but Almería failed to regain its top level status after ranking seventh.
Brighton & Hove Albion
On 16 January 2013 he transferred to Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £2m. He scored on his début for his new club ten days later, in a 3–2 home loss against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
On 2 March 2013, Ulloa became the first ever player to score a hat-trick at The AMEX, during Brighton’s 4–1 win over Huddersfield Town. Two weeks later, he scored twice against Crystal Palace in a 3–0 victory, also at home, contributing to the side’s first home win in the M23 derby since 1988; manager Gus Poyet described him as “different class”. He continued his scoring run on the 30th, with his ninth goal in 12 games coming in a 2–2 draw at Nottingham Forest.
On 27 April 2013 Ulloa scored the goal that confirmed Brighton’s place in the Championship play-offs, heading a last-minute winner to secure a 2–1 success at Leeds United.
The following season, on 3 May 2014 Ulloa scored a last-minute headed goal to once again send Brighton through to the Championship play-offs, coming from behind at Nottingham Forest to win 2–1.
On 22 July 2014, following weeks of speculation, Ulloa joined newly promoted Premier League side Leicester City on a four-year contract for a club record £8 million. He was handed the number 23 shirt.
Ulloa started on his Premier League debut at home to Everton on 16 August, and scored after 22 minutes as Leicester twice came from a goal down to secure a 2−2 draw. He next scored in his third game, against Arsenal on 31 August, again registering after 22 minutes in the 1–1 draw. Ulloa scored the only goal of the game as Leicester defeated Stoke City on 13 September and earned their first win of the Premier League season.