Mourinho Makes Move for Potential Portuguese Protégé

By timgarrett IN General,Premier League,Transfers - 20:00 Jan 23rd 2017

José Mourinho’s frustrations at his side’s lack of potency in front of goal continued this weekend as Manchester United once again failed to take all 3 points in a match they dominated. Blushes were saved by Wayne Rooney’s extraordinary stoppage time equaliser, but it wasn’t enough to stop his boss airing his disappointment post-match.

“A top team has to be much more clinical”, the Portuguese tactician declared. “We have to have the first chance of the match and bang, 1-0. When you are winning 1-0, next chance: boom, 2-0. We are not doing that enough”.

Reports in Portugal suggest that Mourinho is set to seek a fix to this problem in his homeland, with Benfica youngest Gonçalo Guedes having apparently said his goodbyes to his teammates ahead of a move to Old Trafford.

A bright and dynamic attacker, Guedes certainly wouldn’t be the first Jorge Mendes client to make the move to United, but what would they be getting for their reported £26m outlay?

Goncalo Guedes
POS: FWDAGE: 20Y 1M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 11ST 6LB
 
PPL | BEF | 16/1716/17 16/17 | BEF | PPL
WITHWITHOUT
14
MATCHES
4
79%
WIN%
75%
14%
DRAW%
25%
7%
LOSS%
31
GOALS FOR
9
9
GOALS AGAINST
2
2.2
GOALS F
PER GAME
2.3
0.6
GOALS A
PER GAME
0.5
40.6
MINS PER
GOALS F
40
140
MINS PER
GOALS A
180
SHOTS F
PER GAME
2.5
POINTS
PER GAME
2.5
8
CLEAN SHEETS
2
6
TOTAL
5

Having only turned 20 in November, Guedes is by no means the finished article. His undoubted talent has, however, allowed him to earn a regular starting berth in a Benfica side that currently sits 4 points clear at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

He has scored twice and assisted once this campaign, but these numbers don’t necessarily do his contribution to his side justice. His incisive movement and positivity on the ball has helped his side to 11 in wins in his 14 appearances, and his diligent defensive work has also contributed to their record of 8 clean sheets in those 14 matches.

Guedes is very much a Mourinho-style wide man, and is sure to be a valuable contributor should he make his move this month.

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