In this piece, I will write down my opinion about three young players who played very well in certain matches and you will surely hear about more often. I’ll be highlighting their best match so far.
Heriberto Tavares (Boavista Porto FC)
Coming through the youth ranks of Sporting Lisbon, Heriberto Tavares signed for Belenenses in 2015. After scoring ten times in 22 matches for the under 19’s, Benfica were interested and picked him up on a free. The winger impressed for Benfica B, and scoring 29 times in 84 matches before going out on loan to Moreirense. He stood out with his dribbling, whilst also scoring seven goals and making six assists in 36 matches.
This season he got sent out on loan again, this time to Boavista. The 22-year-old started the season on the bench, but he proved to Lito Vidigal that he needed to be in the starting line-up. The following match he got the chance and was in the starting line-up for the next three matches. In those three matches he subsequently scored twice and made one assist.
The match that really stood out was the match against Belenenses SAD. He scored once and played very well. He was very confident in his dribbling, stayed very calm when under pressure and forced his opponent (Varela) to be subbed off after a hour. After these three matches he got benched and hasn’t played a lot since.
I’m very interested to see how his career will develop. He could certainly become a regular starter for SL Benfica.
Gustavo Assunção (FC Famalicão)
After playing in the youth teams of FC Porto, São Paulo and Atletico Madrid, Gustavo Assunção signed for FC Famalicão on a free. The Brazilian midfielder immediately got into the starting line-up and both defensively and attacking wise he has been playing very well. His performance against CD Santa Clara stood out for me. Defensively, he won seven out of ten duels, completed three tackles, cleared nine balls and made four interceptions. In attack he completed 25 out of 31 passes, made one key pass, completed one dribble and completed three out of four long passes. After this amazing match, he has played every single match for FC Famalicão, and continued to impress along the way.
I have seen almost every match of FC Famalicão so far, and Gustavo Assunção has been among the stand out performers in every game. I think the 19-year-old will sign for one of the biggest teams in Portugal in the coming years, if he continues on the same path with his development.
Mohamed Diaby (FC Paços de Ferreira)
Mohamed Diaby is a player that has been impressing me in the last couple of matches. Before he moved to FC Paços de Ferreira, he played for CD Santa Clara and SC Ideal.
The 23-year-old midfielder stood out in the match against Desportivo Aves, where he was crowned Man of the Match. Let’s start with his defensive stats. He completed two tackles, won 12/15 duels, won 7/7 aerial duels, blocked a shot and made thirteen interceptions. In attack he completed 36/43 passes (15 of them were forward), he completed 6/6 long passes, completed 2/2 dribbles and scored a goal.
His contract expires at the end of this season, and I’m interested in seeing how his career will develop.