kendisini hiç izlemedim ancak duyduğum, bildiğim kadarıyla o da brezilya futbolunun en büyük yıldız adaylarından birisiydi. 2012'de yaşadığı 6 aylık sakatlık onu biraz geriye götürmüş.
it’s almost impossible to write a talent factory without featuring a player who’s come up from são paulo futebol clube and their junior team training centre at cotia. last year, i included lucas moura and casemiro who’ve gone on to make brazil’s senior squad. this time round there were two candidates. centreback luis eduardo looked good earlier this season under milton cruz and paulo cesar carpegiani, but has been given little playing time by current coach adílson batista. defensive midfielder, wellington martins, however, has become a regular starter and an intrinsic part of the morumbi side. astoundingly, wellington made his debut for the club over three years ago but it’s only this season that he’s become a firm fixture in the first team. with the likes of casemiro and lucas moura getting all the press, wellington has been overlooked to some degree. but it’s just a question of time before that begins to change.
wellington started in the junior ranks as a creative player then slowly slipped into the role of holding midfielder. even though he’s eased into this more defensive function he hasn’t forgotten how to play and in recent matches and he’s been unlucky not to get on the score sheet.*
wellington’s relatively small build could work against him. but he has attributes that more than compensate for his lack of height. the 20-year-old is comfortable in possession, his positioning is first rate, and he has the pace and tenacity to make a mark for his club and perhaps even his country (though with the plethora of defensive midfielders at brazil’s disposal, this will not happen overnight).
*wellington scored his first for são paulo a month after this article was posted. but it was so good
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