I spent the entire day on the couch on Saturday watching football since I had nothing better to do. I started the day watching Wolves play Spurs away.
In the end, Harry Kane’s strike in the second half gave the home team the victory, although Wolves stood out.
They should have won because they were superb and controlled a large portion of the game. They had 20 shots away from home against a club that is predicted to be competing at the very top this season, according to BBC Sport statistics. If only their finishing had been better, they would have easily won.
Another element really caught my eye; I knew Wolves had a strong Portuguese influence, but…
When I checked Wolves’ starting lineup, I noticed that they had Castro, Collins, Kilman, and Ait Nouri from France (Spain).
The Wolves’ starting eleven included seven players from Portugal: Sa, Moutinho, Neves, Podence, Nunes, Guedes, and Neto.
When I looked at the current Wolves team, I saw that Jordao, Silva, Semedo, Chiquinho, and Gomes are all five players from the same nation.
It is relentless because two of their three summer signings—Guedes and Nunes, who together cost over £70 million—are from Portugal, making a total of 12 players from that country.
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Bruno Lage, the manager, is a native of Portugal.
An intriguing idea that made me consider Newcastle United and whether we may turn like the Brazilian Wolves.
Even though it is still early, Newcastle United already has two of the finest players in the world who are both from Brazil. Midfielders Joelinton and Bruno G.
The 20-year-old Brazilian striker who is supposedly on his way to St. James’ Park from Watford might make it three there, according to all the indications.
It’s hard to imagine that Pedro wouldn’t have been persuaded to move to Newcastle if he truly wants to do so and the transaction is finalised if Bruno and Joelinton hadn’t been there.
How great would it be if Newcastle United began to establish itself as the Premier League team of choice for elite Brazilian players, much like it seems to be the case at Wolves with top Portuguese players?
Another player that is frequently associated with Newcastle is Paqueta. If this were to happen, he would be a fantastic addition. Given that Bruno is his best friend, a former teammate with Lyon, and a current colleague in the Brazilian national team, if he were to move to St James’ Park, a significant portion of it would undoubtedly be attributable to the Brazilian influence currently present in Tyneside.
Although it is still early, having Bruno and Joelinton is a pretty fantastic place to start. If you add younger Brazilians like Joao Pedro, this is much better.
For a very long time, Brazilian players who do make it to the Premier League have virtually always done so by first migrating from Brazil to continental Europe, then significantly increasing in value or price, and then making their way to England. Naturally, this is the situation with both Joelinton and Bruno G.
Imagine if Newcastle United developed to the point where they were the first choice for the finest Brazilian young players to go directly to Tyneside for much cheaper transfer costs, skipping the part when clubs like Hoffenheim and Lyon make huge profits when Brazilian players advance and go on.
Brazil is now ranked first by FIFA and is the overwhelming favourite to win the World Cup finals in Qatar, which will take place in less than three months.
There are countless opportunities if Newcastle United can establish itself as the leading player in luring Brazilian talent.