who is Andrew, this Brazilian talent targeted by Luis Campos for the succession of Keylor Navas?

who is Andrew, this Brazilian talent targeted by Luis Campos for the succession of Keylor Navas?

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Between Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeepers, it’s a long and turbulent story. Since the start of the QSI era, the capital club has long been criticized for not having a renowned goalkeeper. And then, in two years, it became opulence. Les Rouge et Bleu have Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma and at one point had up to ten goalkeepers under contract. Since then, the Ile-de-France leaders have tried to sort it out, but that does not prevent them from looking elsewhere. Especially if Keylor Navas ends up leaving.

Andrew to succeed Navas?

Paris has no desire to promote the other doubles (Rico, Letellier) and lately, In Bola has let it be known that Luis Campos has his sights set on a young talent from the Portuguese Liga Bwin. This is Andrew da Silva Ventura. The 21-year-old Brazilian has been playing at Gil Vicente since last season. Arrived in Portugal from Botafogo, he is the holder of the team based in Barcelos. Under contract until 2026, Andrew would be tracked by Campos if Navas leaves. But watch out, as the Portuguese publication says FC Porto are also on their trail.

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To find out more about this young hopeful, Foot Mercato was able to meet Ricardo Soares. The 48-year-old Portuguese technician was Andrew’s coach until his departure last June after a historic season for Gil Vicente (who finished 5th in the championship). And basically, the Brazilian goalkeeper was not specially programmed to play for the first team in his first year in Europe. “Andrew came to Gil Vicente to play for the U23s, with a view to one day integrating him into the first team. But we quickly realized that its potential was enormous. We studied him and we decided to make an individual plan for him with the goalkeeping coach. He surprised us with his ability to adapt and integrate tactical and technical aspects. If I bet on Andrew, it is thanks to his daily responses to training. Always very focused, very hardworking and always motivated to be better. As it was becoming constant, we thought it would be a good bet for the future.”he told us, before revealing the strengths of his former protege.

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A quick adaptation

“Very clearly, his strong point is defending his goal on his line and in one-on-one situations. With the study that we did on him, we saw that he had gaps in his positioning, which is normal for a player of his age who had just discovered European football. He also had difficulties in starting the construction phases. However, this aspect was fundamental in our way of playing since the goalkeeper occupied an important place. But after Ziga’s injury (Frelih, loaned this season to Chaves, editor’s note), we felt that he was finally ready to take on the starting role and he made his league debut at the Estadio da Luz, against Benfica (on February 2, 2022) which we beat 2-1. A match in which he was decisive. »

Now holder, will Andrew eventually convince PSG? For the moment, it is still too early to tell. But for Ricardo Soares, there is no doubt that his former player will eventually play for a big club. Whether in Paris or elsewhere. “Given his potential, he is in the top 5 of the Portuguese championship. But I am convinced that he will be able to go to a big European club if he continues to work. There are many factors that allow a goalkeeper to reach a very high level. With this capacity for work, this resilience, this ambition and if he plays regularly, given his age and the room for improvement he has, I am sure he could go to a big club in the medium term. I have no doubt about that. » Case to follow.

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