Last night I was playing FIFA 14. During a game, I heard the commentator say ‘Andre Santos’ and it got me thinking, how are the many players who left us getting on at their new clubs? What better time to explore how they are doing in a boring international break?
The first player to leave us in the summer, announcing a deal to FC Nuremberg before the season had even ended on April 10th. He has since played once for his new club once, coming on in the 89th minute against Dortmund. He has performed 4 times of their reserves and at 19, it was unlikely he would make an immediate impact. He has, however, made a place on the Nuremberg bench his own. A sign he might break into the full team in the near future.
The Nando’s loving chav joined League One Colchester in the summer, whom he spent the 2nd half of last season on loan. He is a regular in their first team, starting in all 11 of Colchester’s league games. Reports are he is maturing at Colchester and performing like a senior member of the squad, often passing on his Arsenal experience to those both younger and older in the Colchester squad. Having spent 3 years in Colchester myself, I am can hand on heart say the Nando’s there is decent. I am sure he is enjoying himself.
Now at Bristol (Rovers or City? I do not know, why does such a small town need two football clubs?), 2 league starts and a goal in the League Cup was a good start for the midfielder. Playing in a defensive role, he was looking good until he picked up an injury in September which has left him unavailable for selection for over a month. He is now slowly regaining full fitness and playing in Bristol’s Under 21 side.
The once highly rated joined Club Brugge where he has failed to do anything of note.
The young Dutchman has returned to Holland to play for FC Twente. Having suffered at Arsenal, where he lacked 1st team opportunities, he has perhaps highlighted that you are better off remaining in the country of your birth to continue your development. Starting the season for FC Twente on the bench, he is now a regular in their 1st XI. Whilst he has always been the ‘1st sub’ the fact at 19 he is trusted with playing in central midfield on a regular for the Eredivisie table toppers shows we will be hearing a lot more about him. I wonder if we have a buy back clause?
Having returned on loan to his home town club, Sao Paulo last year, he signed for them on a permanent basis this summer having mutually terminated his contract with Arsenal (ie got a big pay off). The Brazilian league is an odd one, where they play a regional league, then a national league, as well as the Cope Libertadoes (South American Champions League). 32 games since resigning for his home town club, he has been welcomed back by the fans big time. I hope he regains his ability, as I feel he was often chastised for “not being Cesc Fabregas”. 10 yellow’s, 2 red’s and no goals. Will he gain a place in the Brazilian squad for the next World Cup? Probably not.
Tomorrow: Arshavin, Watt, Neita, Rees, Shea & Mannone