There is no time for rest at Old Trafford these days, as Jose Mourinho and his Manchester’s staff are reportedly trying to purchase a new signing to the team, despite all the good names they brought last summer. This time we’re talking about a youngster, one of the most prominent players in European football right now: Nelson Semedo, Benfica’s wonderboy.
Nelson, 22, has a great history, since he doesn’t started playing football in a great academy, but Semedo began his journey from the very bottom, playing for a third-division team in his country. Nelson made his professional debut playing for a Lisbon local team called Sintrense when he was only 17. After his performances, one of the biggest teams in Portugal laid their eyes on him and in 2011 Benfica could finally acquire the services of the young lad.
Semedo started his career in Benfica playing for the second team of the “Eagles”, but seeing his quality and his skills, they choose to promote the kid to the first team. Since then, Semedo has been developing his talents throughout seasons with Benfica, hence it is not a surprise that many teams are interested in the youngster, and Manchester United appears like the strongest club in the race to buy Semedo in the next winter transfer window.
We are in front of a talented wing-back, who is like most of the wing-backs these days, is more offensive. Nelson has incredible skills with the ball at his feet as he can surpass his opponents with extreme ease. Also, he knows how to read the game, as we have seen Nelson attack empty spaces, or when he is free, he left his position to join the wingers and forwards as he takes the center of the field to finish the plays. There is no doubt that he is someone to watch.
Jose Mourinho will try to purchase this player despite the great performances by Antonio Valencia in the first rounds of the Premier, and adding to the leave of Matteo Darmian, “The Special One” will look for the Portuguese player to supply the shortcomings Valencia could have or the injuries he could suffer. If Nelson knows how to lessen his defensive problems and increase his offensive skills, he would be the perfect fit for Mourinho’s team.
Semedo, even being loaned by Benfica showed the teams of his country that he was made to play in a great team, and that’s why he came back to Benfica from C.D Fatima at the start of this season. He has taken advantage of Benfica’s 4-4-2 scheme to develop his offensive game, but now he’ll be in the big leagues, and if you don’t defend in a proper way under Mourinho’s management, you will not last long in his team.