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Announce him now, I’ve never seen a player, as ready as he is



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Chelsea looked poor in their draw with Nottingham Forest today, leading to even more clamour for the club to mae signings this month,

One player who does look like they’re arriving – but wouldn’t be expected to make an immediate first team impact given his age – is Andrey Santos.

The 18 year old is already playing first team football at Vasco de Gama, and like most teenagers getting first team experience in Brazil, is picking up plenty of transfer interest.

Juninho Pernambucano on Chelsea’s new signing Andrey Santos: “I’ve never seen a player, at 18, as ready as he is”, he said in July.

“Physically, he’s a beast, technically he’s on a high level. He’s not going to be better than me, he’s going to be much better than me”.

Even the best youngsters from South America can struggle to make an instant impact in England, but perhaps Santos is an exception, especially given what former Lyon and Brazil midfielder Juninho Pernambucano said about him:

“I’ve never seen a player, at 18, as ready as he is,” the retired attacking midfielder said.

“Physically he’s a beast, technically he’s on a high level… he’s going to be much better than me.”

You can’t help but get excited when you hear that from a big name about a signing you’re making, but we’re trying to not get out hopes up too much.

Just look at the lack of impact the young signings of last summer like Carney Chukwuemeka have had. Santos would have to be a true freak of nature to annul the difficulties of acclimatisation totally.


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