Writer: Stuart Smith
Date:Tuesday July 29 2008
When Jez Moxey said the club would be looking far and wide for new talent, there were a few jokes cracked at the much maligned CEO's expense, predictably more about the wide than the far.
But true to his word, he would appear to be doing just that.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the latest player to be given a trial at Compton is rising American midfielder Michael Videira.
Not a name that will be rolling off many peoples tongues outside of his native USA, but pundits over the pond rate him highly. Very highly indeed, as does the lad himself.
Although American by birth, Videira holds a Portugese passport, waiving the need for a work permit and harbours a deep desire to play in Europe, a goal that saw him turn down the offer of a pro contract with MLS side New England Revolution and stay in the amateur ranks with Carolina Railhawks in the hope of earning a trial abroad, which he now appears to have done.
So what's all the fuss about that?
In MLS terms, turning down the NE Revolution is a bit like snubbing Manchester United, but the 22 year olds self assurance isn't based on brash American self confidence,.
He's got the chops to back it up.
He's consistently over achieved, winning praise and acolades at every level he's played in so far, including National U18 and U20 level.
He's twice been shortlisted for National Player Of the Year, won Soccer America`s National Freshman of the Year in his opening season and has consistently ranked in his sides top scorer/most assists in every season he's played, which totals 5 in the seniors.
He was ear marked as one to watch when Burnley went down 2-1 to Carolina Railhawks U23's earlier this month thanks to an outstanding display against a full strength visiting side.
At 6'1' and weighing 170 pounds he certainly has physical presence, if there is a question mark over any part of his overall game, it would be regarding his pace, not electric by any means.
It remains to be seen as to whether Videira can make the transition from smalltime American soccer to a bigger stage at this point in his career. But hats off to the Wolves staff for taking a punt
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Or as Alex de Large would have said,
'Initiative comes to thems that wait.'
Date:Tuesday July 29 2008
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