Loki...Im NOT a scout for the club I simply read a lot I read reports of others who HAVE seen this lad DEDE play...AURELIO says he mentioned him earlier in this thread though unfortunately due to the chaotic nature of this board format I havent been able to locate that post as it is Im using the reply facility on one of DSTEERS posts to reply u ??? Those sport journalists who do write I have to credit them with having some background knowledge of the players they are writing about ..ok we could claim every one of them is just a lying hack who never goes to or watches a game but lets try and be a little more realistic than that because if we"re not then we cant really debate muchoif anything can we ? Seemingly according to the article I rzead the lad has definite strong leadership qualities way beyond his 24 yrs he is a towering presence in the box and a shoe in for the national side. I think the standard of Brazilian League football is high as is that in Argentina.
I grant u not all Portugese speakers speak Spanish but in my experience a high percentage do...Im not a linguist but have 3 languages beside my native english the english are an Island race hence there inability to adopt other languages but not so inthe case of many nationals whos countries share borders...thing is saying first and foremost we MUST have a centre back who is a native english speaker is a bit of a"Little Englander" stance eh ? Thats ruling out an awful lot of talent out there ? I mean u dont have to have Oxford Union Debating Society level english to direct those around u in the back line how do we know this lad doesnt already speak reasonable level english ? If we are believers in the international and therefore polyglot nature of the Prem we cant afford to adopt this attitude to language as I say we have five starters who speak either Spanish or Portugese as native language plus remember a basic course in english will probably bring such as this lad DEDE up to speed before the season starts suffient anyway fo him to communicate withthose around him on the field...so anyway I just dont see it as an issue all Im interested in is the ability of the candidates for a new centre back.