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Rodrygo – A Pivot in the Real Madrid rebuild?

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Rodrygo Scout Report

Rodrygo will officially join Real Madrid in the Summer of 2019, once Santos’ campaign finishes. This comes almost 12 months after Real Madrid confirmed the signing of him, for a reported £40.5m.

My initial thoughts? WOW, that’s a decent sum of money.

However, with the recent success of Vinicius Jr, who was also signed for £40.5m, I think I will keep quiet for now!

Looking at his stats, you see what you would expect of an 18 year old.

Last campaign, he scored 8 and assisted 3, in 35 games. This isn’t world beating form, but it’s rare for a 17 year old to achieve elite goalscoring stats. This season, he has played 3 games, scoring once and assisting 2. That’s much better output, although a smaller sample size, so we will have to see how he continues.

It will be interesting to see how Rodrygo & Vinicius develop under Zidane, as he didn’t have any input in signing these players. It’s widely reported that Zidane wants Eden Hazard, but he won’t sit on the bench for anybody! So that leaves Hazard, Vinicius & Rodrygo who all prefer the left wing position. A potential nightmare situation here!

A potential solution to the above problem would be to keep Rodrygo at Santos, for another season. The reason for the initial loan back to Santos was because Real Madrid were at risk of breaking rules, by signing an under 18 player. The additional loan period is actually something which Santos have requested, but I don’t believe Real Madrid will be keen on this. With their recent downfall, they need an immediate rebuild.

Santos don’t expect to keep hold of Rodrygo, as they advised TV Gazeta. However, the question must be asked, how are they all going to fit in? It’s not only about fitting into the team though, Real Madrid need to compete. ON ALL FRONTS. We have all heard of the famous “You can’t win anything with kids” debate, but relying on too many youth players can cause issues. Experience is required in this rebuild.

Rodrygo Playing Style

Onion Pires was a reporter who saw Rodrygo make his debut. He was left astonished by the raw ability that the Brazillian possessed.

“The first thing to say about Rodrygo is that he has the ability and has no fear when it comes to taking responsibility,”

After watching Rodrygo, it’s safe to say that he uses his natural pace to destroy his opposition. He also has excellent finishing ability, but he is not a striker. As I stated above, this could cause a couple of issues. He can play on the right side, but this isn’t preferred.  Whether on the left or on the right, he is a player who always contributes to destabilising the other team’s defence because he can move past his markers and create superiority. Rodrygo is more like a Vinicius Jr than he is a Karim Benzema, so Real Madrid fans can’t expect a natural striker signing.

Pires is a big admirer, but does wonder if this transfer has came about too soon. He worries for the development of Rodrygo in Spain.

Another journalist who has seen Rodrygo in action is Bruno Lima.

He is not the biggest fan of Rodrygo, and believes that he’s not the right man for a Real Madrid rebuild.

“He had four brilliant months in 2018, but his performances haven’t justified such a high fee since Real Madrid bought him. For me, he is a good player, but not a superstar.

 

Is it too soon?

The issue that I see with Rodrygo, is that he could easily get caught up in between manager philosophies. Zidane didn’t sign Rodrygo, so he could easily be discarded, or left on the bench. I don’t think it’s a great idea for an 18 year old to arrive at one of the biggest clubs in the world, with huge expectations upon him.

Real Madrid fans aren’t the most forgiving, they turn on their players pretty quickly. If Rodrygo didn’t immediately settle, he could find himself frozen out of the team.

Zinedine Zidane can’t afford a slip up. He’s been brought back to stabilize Real Madrid, but also to make them successful again.

In answer, I believe it has the potential to be too soon. However, if Rodrygo was bought in for next season & he hit the ground running, there is no doubt that he could become a fan favourite.

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Viktor Tsygankov Scout Report: Who is the Ukranian Talent?

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Viktor Tsygankov Scout Report

Viktor Tsygankov was officially born in Israel, but received his call up to the Ukranian national team for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, where he played against Turkey & Kosovo. His first step onto the scene was in the 83rd minute against Finland.

His Stats for a developing player are nothing short of ridiculous. Since 2016, he has played in 96 games in the Ukranian Premier League, scoring 41 goals in the process.

The issue for Dinamo Kyiv in recent years is that they are unable to offer a true challenge for the title. Shakhtar Donestk have proven too powerful in the last 4 years, leaving Dimano behind them in 2nd.

The 2019 campaign ended poorly also, with a Chelsea 8-0 aggregate thrashing. Shakhtar once more won the league, this time by 11 points.

One of the shining lights of the campaign would prove to be a local boy, Viktor Tsygankov, who started to show the Ukranian Premier League just how much potential he has. The left footed winger has already become a fan favourite, although his performances have naturally led to a lot of interest in the winger.

Although Tsygankov hasn’t managed to lead Dinamo towards a league title yet, he has some personal honours. This includes multiple Players of the Month awards, but was also achieved the 2018 Player of the Year Award (for the Ukranian Premier League). That’s right, he adds his name to the Hall of Fame which includes Andriy Shevchenko.

In addition to becoming Player of the Year, Tsygankov finished 2nd in the Race for the Golden Boot, one goal behind the Top Goalscorer. He also provided 16 assists, which is brilliant output.

It won’t be long until the big clubs are circling Tsygankov. The Left-Footed, Right Winger offers a similar style of play to Mohamed Salah. He’s going to be a great .

Football Scouted, August 2019

Although he’s only 22 currently, he’s no stranger to responsibility. Viktor has captained Ukraine on many occassions, making over 100 appearances.

Viktor Tsygankov – Finishing Ability

He’s a winger which was a single goal away from winning the golden boot. That’s proves just how clinical he is. It’s not just his ability that’s great, he’s also very accurate.

Natural Movement – He’s hard to mark

He’s such an intelligent player, who likes to roam inside when possible. This is clever movement, which makes him much harder to mark. Is it the Left backs job, or the Centre back? This sort of movement causes confusion which can create gaps in defence.

I would compare Tsygankov to a Mohamed Salah play-style, where he starts on the Right Wing, but he’s more than capable of cutting in, sitting behind the Striker or just to the side. Reading the game very well, he often manages to gain a few yards on the defenders as he’s fast off the blocks.

There are already rumours that Tottenham Hotspur & Liverpool have monitored Tsygankov. I could see him being a real hit at Spurs, but maybe not under Jose Mourinho.

It’s going to be hard to tell exactly what his potential is, due to him playing in Ukraine. The most recent example of this is Manchester United midfielder Fred, who started off dreadfully in Manchester. He has since settled and is showing glimpses of why he was signed for £50 million.

One thing for sure, he won’t be a cheap acquisition. Yarmolenko sold 3 years ago for just over £20 million & he wasn’t posting figures anywhere near Viktors. He’s also a Youth Player, which increases the price significantly.

He’s a great prospect and one that we believe will soon be playing in the Premier League.

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Fabio Silva Scout Report: Porto’s Pure Talent

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Fabio Silva – Scout Report

Dreams propell humans. It is as simple as that.

A desire, an ambition, a drive thrusts you on a path to an inevitable goal at the end of your long journey. You follow this path, because it is your dream.

The Greek Philosopher Aristotle alluded to this concept when he described man as a ‘political animal.’

This simply implies that man by his very nature will always aspire to be the ultimate version of himself.

For most persons, the concept of dreams has a long term overtone. A dream is usually a hypothetical event or set of events far removed from the present.

It is thrust into the future and usually follows some kind of road map or bucket list. However there are many people who achieve their dreams in their youth – a rare occurrence no doubt. This phenomenon is often seen in the world of sports.

Mike Tyson has etched his name in the pages of history by becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion in history. Usain Bolt has cemented his legacy by forcefully grabbing and dominantly holding the 100 meter world record. These athletes are considered prodigies.

They were seemingly born with the attributes necessary to dominate their respective sports. The world of football (or soccer depending on where you are in the world) is ripe with prodigies. Generation after generation athletes rise up to stand on the apex of the sport and thrust their legacies into the hearts of spectators and fans.

Moving beyond this, their names transition into mainstream media and they become household names. Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and many others have etched their names in the prominence of football history.

There is another prodigy who seems destined to take his place at this apex. Football halls of fame are poised to welcome 17 year old Fabio Silva.

A Star, Shining Among Stars

 As a country, Portugal is in no way, shape or form lacking in football talent. The name Christiano Ronaldo alone has cemented the country into the minds of anyone thinking about great football nations. Yet just as CR7 is on the cusp of scoring his 100th goal for the proud country Fabio Silva is getting ready to fulfil his potential.

Similarly, yet on a smaller note the Silva family is no stranger to football prominence. Fabio’s father Jorge Silva was a defensive midfielder for Boavista F.C. where his rock-like defensive prowess helped his club to win the league in 2001. Jorge Silva has also capped the Portugal  national team two times. Fabio’s brother, also named Jorge has followed in his father’s footsteps, also playing as a defensive midfielder for league club S.S. Lazio. Fabio Silva while of this family of midfielders is seemingly cut from a different cloth.

Fabio Silva is a striker.

Born on July 19, 2002 in Gondomar, Portugal Fabio Daniel Soares Silva began his professional career at F.C. Porto. In 2015, he transferred to their rivals S.L. Beifica. Silva however returned to F.C. Porto two years later. At this venture, Fabio was able to score twenty goals in twenty six games. Naturally, his striking prowess caught the eye of manager Sergio Conceicao and he was called to train with the first team.

Silva made his Primeira Liga debut for F.C. Porto on August 10th, 2019 where he played for the closing eleven minutes of their game against Gil Vicente.

Breaking Records, Cementing a Legacy

People are talking about 17 year old Fabio Silva in the same way that they spoke about his fellow countryman Christiano Ronaldo when he made his professional debut. Such is the nature of Silva’s prowess as a striker.

Speaking of Silva’s talents, Porto seems to have every confidence in the young prodigy as in a stunning turn of events, the team raised Fabio Silvas buy out clause from €25 million to €125 million. This move has not only served to make this the highest buyout clause in Portugeese football history, but has also served to scare away (for now anyway) the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, all of whom had eyes on him.This level of confidence in the young striker is certainly warranted. After all, he has made history on his own accord.

As it stands now, the 17 year old prodigy has netted thirty three times out of thirty six matches. He has shattered a record previously held by Bruno Gama and is the youngest league player in F.C. Porto’s history. Beyond that Silva became the youngest goal scorer in the history of the club when he found the net on October 19, 2019 against S.C. Coimbroes. Yet he did not stop there. Eight days later he became the youngest league goal scorer when he contributed to F.C. Porto’s 3-0 home victory against F.C. Famalicao. Truly Silva has justified his history making buy out clause.

F.C. Porto’s manager Sergio Conceicao has certainly taken a shine to the young striker. It is no secret that he normally favors the older players in the club. This stance has often earned him much criticism as people argue that he does not push the younger players to their potential. He is certainly pushing Silva.

The young striker is also no stranger to international football. He made his debut in this aspect playing for Portugal’s under 15 team in 2017. Silva was also a part of the under 17 team that reached the quarter finals of the 2019 UEFA European Championship. There, he scored in a 4-2 group win over Iceland. The striker impressed fans by scoring a hat trick on October 11, 2019 for the under 19 team. This propelled them to a 4-1 victory over Italy in an international friendly.

Pound for Pound, Fabio Silva vs. Christiano Ronaldo

In the world of sports, it is not uncommon for people to make comparisons. The football industry is no exception. When discussing the young prodigy Fabio Silva many people almost always draw comparisons to his fellow countryman Christiano Ronaldo.

While people may talk about Muhamid Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazer, football is not necessarily discussed in such brutal fashion. Those two boxing legends stood in a ring and actually fought. The conversations of the football fans are different. They take on a more team based approach with the concept of building a fantasy team in most cases being the ultimate goal. That is not to say that there are no club rivalries.

It is quite possible that one day both strikers may stand opposite each other in club football. Football is a fickle sport where loyalty changes often and clubs are always looking to acquire players.

A rivalry and even possible mentorship may just arise at the international level. Portugal’s senior team typically uses a 4-4-2 formation and having Christiano Ronaldo and Fabio Silva leading the charge could be a deadly secret weapon. If the two strikers can be funneled passes from a supportive midfield, then Portugal will definitely stand to make a major impact in international football. 

People who speak of Fabio Silva in comparison to Christiano Ronaldo say that he is doing the same things that Ronaldo was doing at 17 years old – only better. Fabio has etched his name in the history books with his youthful exuberance and skill. If he continues to work hard he will definitely cement a legacy, much like Ronaldo arguably has. His attitude and commitment definitely speak of someone who is indeed willing to work hard. Fabio Silva is certainly no Christiano Ronaldo knock off. He is aware of his skills, yet humble.

One thing is for certain, we in this world are suckers for a good prodigy story. Fabio Silva seemingly has all the requisite attributes to sate this appetite. He stands on the cusp of greatness ready to jump into a future where he stands toe to toe with other hall of famers thrusting his earned magnificence into the history books. The 17 year old has already started to break records. 

Football has already given us many talking points in terms of great athletes. We comb through them with trivia every time we watch a thrilling game. We discuss the powerful free kicks of Roberto Carlos. We talk about the amazing dribbling skills of Pele. We compare players to Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo and many others.

We develop team, club and brand loyalties based on the prowess of these players. As we look at these stars, these phenomenal athletes who have danced with greatness, one more is aiming to join their ranks.

Fabio Silva has all the makings of a great footballer who will hold his country’s name proudly on the highest international stages.

It is definitely a rare sight to see a 17 year old bursting into F.C. Porto’s first team squad.

Clearly he is special.

Clearly, Fabio Silva is destined for greatness.

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Lorenzo Pellegrini: Hard Working Midfielder at Roma

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There’s some great talent emerging from Rome, with the likes of Luca Pellegrini, Nicolo Zanolio & Cengiz Under all preparing for first team action at Roma. Lorenzo Pellegrini is another fine example, but it’s worth noting now that he has no relation at all with his team-mate, Luca.

Lorenzo, 22, helped with 7 assists last season and also scored 4 goals, which isn’t bad output for a developing player in a new side. His consistent performances in the heart of the Roma midfield have attracted interest from various clubs, with AC Milan & Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested in snapping him up.

Roma used to be a club where an Italian would stay for life, thinking back to the likes of Daniele De Rossi & Francesco Totti, but Pellegrini could be leaving the club if a high enough bid is made. Lorenzo hasn’t been at Roma for too long, signing from Sassuolo in 2017, but he has a low release clause of just £27 Million. In football terms, this is no money at all & I wouldn’t be surprised to see a team snap him up this summer.

The transfer rumours started when Pellegrini’s agent visited London, next came a statement that Lorenzo wants Champions League football. Football agents can be very clever doing things like this, as if these sorts of actions work and the player transfers, his pockets will be very heavy & player happy that his wages increase. Also, when they don’t work, he could spin the article, stating that Lorenzo would do all that he can, to achieve Champions League football with Roma. 

Roma have already lost Luca Pellegrini to Juventus & El Shaarawy has moved to the Chinese Super League. However, their biggest loss will be Kostas Manolas. The centre back was a complete rock for Roma, and I would be very surprised to see further losses from this team. It’s on the verge of being emancipated!

It’s not all doom and gloom for Roma, who have added Bryan Cristante, Leonardo Spinazzola & Amadou Diawara to their ranks.

It’s also rumoured that they are interested in Leon Bailey, from Bayer Leverkusen.

Lorenzo Pellegrini Scout Report
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Pros
Set Pieces, Defensive Work Rate, Key Passes in Final Third
Cons
Passing Accuracy
Summary
Lorenzo Pellegrini is a hard working midfielder, but also a very exciting one. He likes to get involved and has totalled 4 goals & 4 assists in the 2018/19 campaign.
Current Ability70
Goal Scoring Threat70
Passing Range79.5
Future Potential86.5
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