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Goncalo Cardoso: a defender in the Pellegrini mould

Guest Blog by Richard Jones on youngster Goncalo Cardoso 

I saw him score a header versus Italy U19’s but my opinions are mostly based on various youtube clips I have watched but I also asked people who trust who highly rate him.

He does look very good for an 18-year-old and usually, the best prospects get snapped up by the top three powerhouse clubs out in Portugal of  FC Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica. Benfica actually wanted him so we have done well If we can get the deal over the line.

He must be highly thought from what I’ve been told as he has already made 15 appearances for BoavistaHe has captain qualities too which should hold him in good stead and is a left-footer just like Angelo Ogbonna.

He looks very good as passing it from the back and is very comfortable with the ball just not sure how he is defensively but maybe Pellegrini sees him playing Left-back also as well as the centre back role.

He doesn’t seem to mind the physical side of the game at all and seems tough.

Overall I would say he looks to be a defender in the Pellegrini mould, isn’t afraid of having the ball and will suit what he wants from a player.

@Rockywhu – Richard Jones

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13 comments on “Goncalo Cardoso: a defender in the Pellegrini mould

  1. I could look good on you-tube!
    The only thing he’s not good at in your opinion is defending. What the point in buying him then!!!

  2. Can someone please tell him; that pout is doing him no favours 🤦🏻‍♂️👍🏼

  3. The same was said of Reece Oxford back then . Mind you , Pelligrini wasn’t Manager .

  4. The videos on youtube say hes playing left back

  5. If Pellegrini thinks he can play first team football and he can play left back, I’m on board.

  6. If he was any good one of the top Portuguese club would of had him by now , hope I’m wrong but the low fee is the reason he is here ,if we had 15/20 mil to spend on a defender I doubt he would be here now..just saying

  7. Not even arrived yet and our wonderful fans are already ripping him a new one. Well done lads.

  8. I live in Portugal and follow Portuguese football. I have watched this guy on TV three to four times, he plays in the left back position. He is certainly is a class act, I love his defensive tackles that he can quickly turn into attack. He loves to run at players, Matt Jarvis at his best, he whips those balls into the box with a lot of accuracy. If we get him he will certainly improve the current left back position. My friend is a Sporting fanatic and is disappointed that they never bought him, he also thinks he will step up to the National Team this year.

    • Thanks for the info, Ian – he sounds like he could be really useful for us!! As for the price we’ve paid let’s not forget that Liverpool didn’t spend much on their LB Robertson when they plucked him from Scottish obscurity … COYI

  9. I am with you Mooro our fans are priceless

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