By Tomilayo Alapinni
October 18, 2014
When it comes catching them young, then only few managers can get ahead of Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman is famed for his characteristic love for promising talents and for as long as many can remember; the Arsenal manager had built that philosophy at Arsenal.
Once again, Wenger has sent scouts to monitor an aspiring talent in the striking department according to reports from Portuguese media outlet Sapo; the Gunner representative has been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old Anderson Talisca.
The Benfica youngster burst into the scene having scored 6 goals in 7 appearances in the Primeira Liga this season and this feat has attracted the attention of two English Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool.
With the persistent interest from the North London giants, Talisca’s assistant national team coach reportedly said: “This is great for the player who is already spoken for to take a new leap in his career, and even for Benfica who, if they want to, can now sell and receive major revenue because he is highly valued.”
However the striker has insisted that he wants to keep improving his game for now and has reportedly said: “I’m far from perfect. I have my flaws, but I never stop working on correcting them.”
The versatile Talisca who has completed about 67% of his passes in the Champions League this season also made a comparison of the football style in Brazil and Europe when he explained that ‘it’s more intensive in Europe. You must be physical well and gain muscles.’
A new entrant into the chase for the youngster is Chelsea who are also reportedly lurking around and the Daily Express can confirm that Arsenal have now resolved to slug it out with their London based rivals.
If the Brazillian moves to the Emirates, he will have the likes of Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, Danny Welbeck and Oliver Giroud to contend with, and with Welbeck who now seem to be firing on all cylinders, Talisca will have a huge workload on his hands.
For a player who has started to enjoy adequate play time at the senior level with the Portuguese giants, it might be difficult to switch over to a club where he’ll have to queue before getting any game.
But, then Arsenal are a bigger side, well known to be able to provide aspiring players the chance they need to improve if you consider the Denilson, Theo Walcot, Jack Wilshere and Yaya Sanogos of this world.
However, if the Brazilian does switch to London, many pundits have opined that even with the youth development program that Wenger runs, his move will most likely be more of a long term investment.