Sandro is our Essien?

Too early to tell. I know. But with all fairness, if there is any midfielder I would love for this towering 21-year old to model his career after, it’s Michael Essien. I have yet to find somebody who thinks Essien is a diva, lazy, incompetent or has any other negative character trait… other than the fact he plays for Chelsea, of course.

Now, as I type this post, I’m sure many of you will be thinking that I’m speaking a bit too prematurely. And you’re right, I am. However, I’m not getting ahead of myself and predicting legendary status for the kid. I’m simply saying that he has shown some great qualities in recent matches for someone who is so young, someone who is playing in the most competitive league in the world, and battling teams such as the league leaders from Italy. At least give me that much.

Playing in the CDM role, his size and stamina are enough to intimidate most players (ahem… Zlatan). During the Milan match, he covered every inch of the pitch, while positioning himself at the right place – right time almost 90% of the game. He has obviously had to adapt quite quickly with all the injuries mounting ahead of him. Has he taken his chance thus far? Yes. Will he continue to do so? I don’t know, but I hope he does. To impress ‘Arry in both Champions League fixtures against Milan (home & away) in the manner that he has, means the boy is doing something right.

What does concern me at this point is how reliable he will be in the Premier League. The sheer pace of the game, whether it be a fixture against West Brom or the Arse, could mean that he won’t have as much time to cover as much ground as he could against an aging Milan squad. The English game is light speed in comparison.

But for now, I’m glad he’s ours. I’m also impressed that our scouts were able to pick him up on their radars. By the looks of it, the boy Sandro is the real deal. ‘Arry and his partners in crime will need to keep on eye on this gem and make sure that he develops efficiently.


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5 Responses to “Sandro is our Essien?”

  1. TipsySpur Says:

    A quality performance by the kid the last couple of games capped with Milan. Kid has a future. Hope he can shoot better than Palacios!

  2. el wehbi Says:

    I don’t think he was known for his scoring back in Brazil, but he has pulled off a few screamers.

  3. JimmyG2 Says:

    Described somewhere as a ‘defensive midfielder who gets forward’ but only scored 5/100 appearances at Internationale.
    If he just does the DM job it will be fine by me.

  4. el wehbi Says:

    Hear, hear!

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