15 Jan 2016

Transfer Update: Liverpool agree deal for 'unbelievable' attacker who's 'eager' for 'LFC' chance

Earlier this month, Academy youngster Allan Rodrigues De Souza confirmed that he will be leaving Liverpool on loan during the January transfer window, and new reports today suggest that Liverpool have found a club for the talented Brazilian.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil last week, Allan - who has trained regularly with the first team this season - noted:

“My work visa isn’t ready, so I will be loaned out again. I’ll be back in the middle of 2016, even more ready and eager to play for Liverpool.”

According to The Telegraph today:

"Allan Rodrigues de Souza is set to join Belgian outfit Sint Truiden on loan until the end of the season. The Reds have been considering offers from across Europe".

Some info about Allan:

* Attacking midfielder, who can play centrally, or as a number 10.

* Sep 2015: Spent two months on loan at Finnish side Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK), and helped the club win the league title with 2 goals/4 assists in 8 games.

* On his experience of European football so far: "European football is not like Brazilian football – the game pace and dynamic on the ball are very different".

* On his objectives at Liverpool: "I will take it step by step, with humility and hard work. Ultimately, one day in the future, I want to win and bring joy to the Liverpool supporters and much more".

* SJK coach Simo Valakari's assessment: "He [Allan] has unbelievable potential [and] big technical ability. He immediately improved the team and helped us win the championship. He has all the qualities to succeed at the top level.”

Without the visa issue, Allan may have been in line for his debut this season, especially give the club's ongoing injury crisis. That said, at Sint Truiden, Allan will have the opportunity to play against the likes of Anderlecht, Brugge, and Standard Liege, and that can only be positive for his overall development.

Long-term, however, the odds on Allan becoming a first-team regular are incredibly slim. Historically, no foreign-born attacker has ever come through the academy to become a first-team regular, and when you consider the struggles faced by the likes of Suso, Pacheco, Teixeira (and dozens of others), it's clear that Allan has a huge job on his hands.

Author: Jaimie K


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