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Chelsea starlet Lucas Piazon continues to shine in Holland

Piazon has often found the net for Vitesse. (©GettyImages)
Piazon has often found the net for Vitesse. (©GettyImages).

In the summer of 2011, Chelsea secured the pre-contract signing of Brazil's newest star, Lucas Piazon, for a fee understood to be in excess of £7m to win his services from Sao Paulo.

Naturally, with his age only being 17 at the time of his move, he slotted quietly into the club's reserves and U21 teams.

His Premier League debut came in the 8-0 mauling of Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge last season; with the Vitesse no.17 providing an elegant assist to Ramires, in which he glided across the turf and delivered a sumptuous pass to his compatriot, and winning a dramatic penalty after being bundled over in the box - only for him to dramatically, and rather unfortunately have it saved by Villa 'keeper, Brad Guzan.

The short cameo was scintillating, something which would have come unexpected as many would predict a youngster to come on and tap the ball around for the remainder of the game rather than try to have an impact on the game. His attitude was one that spectators most commonly find in the gems of the game - individuals who do not stand and wait for their chance or announcement on a stage, those who strive to make an impression.

In turn, Chelsea accepted to loan him to Spanish giants, Malaga, in a short stint where he managed to make 14 appearances, producing 4 assists. His time at Malaga was mainly due to the Chelsea youth system's desire for him to play in a less physical country for a short while, and enhance his experience of being in and around the first team more often.

His steady, mature performances for Malaga prompted the calls from Vitesse Arnhem for his signature on loan with the west London club agreeing to let the maestro learn further in a league packed with promising talents trying to improve their ability by playing regularly.

With his tall physique, pace on the ball and origins of Sao Paulo, he has commonly been compared to Brazil legend, Kaka. Although he has a long way to go to be mentioned in the same category as one of his personal idols, he is making assured strides in the yellow and black of Vitesse to show that he will live up to his billing.

Piazon is capable of playing on either wing, in the no.10 role, or as an out-and-out striker - much to the satisfaction of Chelsea fans that he will be given more of a chance due to his versatility. The 19-year-old has started the season in outstanding form for the table topping Dutch side; scoring a promising 8 goals in 14 appearances.

In his most recent performance during his side's 2-6 hammering of home side, PSV Eindhoven, Piazon showed glimpses of skill which bewildered those watching on. He opened the scoring by pouncing on Manchester City loanee, Kerim Rekic's, mistake to slot home an accomplished finish in the bottom corner.

His next contribution came when he delightfully lifted the ball over the unaware PSV defence to free Kelvin Leerdem, for the right-back to round the 'keeper and register Piazon's first assist of the game to further his team's advantage to 3-1.

Piazon's magic that night continued when he collected van Aanholt's pass, to expertly back-heel the ball back into the charging run of the Dutchman, for him then to smash his shot low into the corner and gain Piazon another assist of the night.

That one performance illustrated everything the youngster has in his armoury; pace, awareness, technical ability and a cool head in front of goal.

These characteristics combined with his goal ratio just above a goal every other game make Chelsea's business to bring him to the club for an initial fee of £7m all the more astute. The key word for the Brazilian for the remainder of the season: consistency.

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