He joined from Sporting Cristal after a rather inconsistent spell with Los Cerveceros. He did play in Peru’s under 20’s and under 23’s however, being quite impressive for both.
Here is a scout report on the young Peruvian winger.
Pacheco was born in Mala which is in the south of the full Lima province. He was taken to Sporting Cristal since young and impressed off the go. By 17 years of age, he became one of Peru’s most promising youngsters. He had even won a medal at the 2014 Youth Olympics with Peru in China.
He debuted for Cristal at 16 and showed many flashes of talent. However he wasn’t officially a starter for the club until Mario Salas joined the club in 2018. He immediately made Cristal’s indispensable left winger playing in a forward line of Emanuel Herrera, and Gabriel Costa.
He had a rough start in the top flight and was eventually benched. He made many on and off appearances though in the next two years and impressed sometimes. He was never able to fulfill his potential while at Sporting Cristal.
In 2020, an opportunity arose. He was offered a contract at Fluminense in Brazil. This was a chance to really prove himself more and he took the chance. Now he is playing in the Brazilian league with a good chance to win himself a spot during the Campeonato Carioca.
Fernando Pacheco has got some technique. It isn’t his most strong point but he’s certainly got enough to succeed at a high level. Most of his technical fallacy’s have to do with a lack of composure or concentration. For example, his crossing can be awful at times because he wasn’t composed enough. Other times he puts in a good foot to put the ball in the box.
As for his dribbling, it’s good. He has a different type of dribbling than someone such as Andre Carrillo though. He relies on his strength and turning ability as opposed to Carrillo who uses speed and has a quick foot to be able to beat his markers. That’s certainly not a bad thing though. In 11.25 attempts per 90 during the Preolimpico of 2020, he had a success rate of 46%.
He’s also got a good first touch as many Peruvians are taught at a young age. He’s got an acceptable passing ability. He’s not going to put many long range passes from deep, but he is pretty accurate when it comes to his passes. In the Preolimpico once again, he’s got 64% passing accuracy.
As for his finishing, he hasn’t gotten much of an occasion to show it. This makes it a bit difficult to judge. His xG is 0.25 which isn’t so bad but he’s had some spells where it would be really low. In the Preolimpico again, his xG was only at 0.02. This was because of his positioning and being forced to play out right and cut inside from the byline. This limited his chances at goal. When he does finish from a close range, he does it well. His ruled out goals with Fluminense and Sporting Cristal prove this. If there is one downside to his finishing, it would have to be his long shots which suffer the same problem as his crossing.
Fernando Pacheco is a very correct player. To begin with, he’s versatile. He can play anywhere on the wing in an advanced role. He’s naturally a left winger despite being right footed, but he’s just as good on the right as he is on the left. He also possesses some traits that would work as a striker, but he has yet to play there consistently for any of his clubs.
He has good vision for a through ball and crossing. As we mentioned, he can struggle with composure for these things and that can be his letdown when it comes to end product. He certainly knows when it’s the best time to put the ball in the box though.
When it comes to defence, he’s good for a player that primarily focuses on attacking. His marking is great but it’s let down a bit by some poor 1 v 1 defending, which is OK really given his role isn’t to attack. These things are important to cover his full back partner and counter pressing.
His off the ball movement is good enough. Going with anticipation, this is important for timing a run while he’s drifting inside the pitch and standing in a narrow position to find some running space. In the Preolimpico we didn’t see this too much as he was asked to stay out wide. In the Peruvian league though he shifted between playing narrow or wide.
Finally, his teamwork and decision making are a bit skewed. He’s got great teamwork but his decision making is still weaker than his other traits. He’s not selfish and doesn’t always shoot but he can often make a bad pass or make the wrong decision on a counter attack. This was a much bigger issue when he started as a professional though, so he’s certainly improved even on that front.
Most Peruvians can’t get away from ill discipline off the pitch because of gossip TV in the country. Pacheco hasn’t really gotten in any trouble so far. He’s still young so it’s hard to tell if he’ll eventually resort to that sort of attitude, but so far so good with him.
He’s not exactly influential though. He’s a player who will perform on the pitch, but won’t influence his teammates to play as he likes. He’s got a great winning mentality though and always goes for it.
Fernando Pacheco is in a perfect shape physically. He’s very athletic and doesn’t lose in these battles too much. He’s not the fastest player in the world, but is still pretty quick and will be able to outpace many defenders.
Strength and stamina are his best physical traits. He can run for a long time and is able to hold off defenders that could potentially be faster than him. Adding this with an unpredictable turning ability while being able to hold onto the ball.
Finally, he’s got good balance. He doesn’t slip often and is able to keep standing for the most part.
Fernando Pacheco looked like a lost cause for a moment, but he was likely used wrong at Sporting Cristal due to poorer coaching. In Brazil he’ll have better training available to him and the move was a huge confidence boost. Since then, he’s looked a different player. Both in Brazil and for Peru’s youth teams. Overall, he’s a very good talent and is starting to live up to what we originally thought he would become.