Everton hand Botafogo teenager a chance

October 30, 2009 at 19:24 1 comment

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Wellington Júnior

While Botafogo’s professional side continue to run the risk of relegation to Série B this year, the Rio outfit’s junior teams continue to produce potential stars.

A number of Botafogo’s youngsters are attracting interest from European teams and may bring in some much-needed revenue for the cash-strapped club.

Centreback, Gérson, has gone on trial at Everton. The 17-year-old turns 18 in January next year but already has a contract with Botafogo until June 2012. The sale of the defender could bring in around RS$2.6 million (just under £900,000) – a fee Botafogo would readily accept in the current circumstances.

20-year-old midfielder, Wellington Júnior, could also be a target. Even though the player was not a regular starter with Brazil’s Under 20s in Egypt this month, the midfielder (who sometimes operates as a rightback) has attracted a great deal of attention. Wellington Júnior is contracted to Botafogo until the end of December 2012 and has made 12 appearances for the club scoring once.

Another prospect is 17-year-old goalkeeper Luis Guilherme who is currently with Brazil’s Under 17s in Nigeria. The shot-stopper was apparently close to joining Arsenal earlier this year but decided to continue his career back home in Rio.

The interest in these young players once again demonstrates the growing scout networks that European clubs – especially Premiership sides – have established in Brazil. The Botafogo youngsters are virtual unknowns in their own country and probably very few Estrela Solitária (lone star) fans are even aware of their existence. If the Rio side do manage to offload any of these players, it would be a great boost for their financial situation in the short-term. But a drop to the Série B – for a second this century – might just be the beginning of a slippery slope. Santa Cruz dropped all the way from the first to the fourth division in successive years. Paysandu, Criciúma and Vitória went from Série A to C (though the latter bounced straight back up again). A club such as Botafogo, who are constantly struggling to make ends meet, run the risk of following suit. Better for them to hang on to their best players and stay in the top flight than risk falling into the abyss of the lower divisions, which they may not return from.

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  • 1. Rustynuts  |  February 6, 2010 at 21:17

    If Wellington Junior should ever join Everton, there would be 2 wellingtons playing in the premier league, with Wellington da Silva recently signed by Arsenal. I suspect this guy would have to be called `Junior`.

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