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Carlos Eduardo: Porto's next rising star?

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The new Deco? (©GettyImages)
The new Deco? (©GettyImages).

Carlos Eduardo is a rising star in the FC Porto squad.

The former Estoril Praia player is gaining ground on the starting XI of the Portuguese giants, after a shy start in a club with much bigger dimensions than the previous one he had played for.

Gifted with a great technical ability, Eduardo is regarded by many of his former coaches as having the conditions to be the next Deco in Porto’s team. But he has a great advantage over Deco; he’s faster than him.

Can you picture it? Deco in a higher tempo? He perfectly combines technical ability with physical skills. Gifted with a superb right foot he can play laser-guided passes both long and short and with his stamina he’s able to play a box-to-box role in any team.

His recent run of great performances in the B team of the club granted him several call-ups to the first team squad- although he did not leave the bench in some of those matches.

Incidentally, or not, Porto's recent first team performances have been very far from spectacular and the football pundits in the country pleaded guilty on the three-man midfield the manager Paulo Fonseca elected for the opening third of the season. After failing to showcase convincing performances and failing to qualify to the next stage of UEFA Champions League, the supporters were already asking for Fonseca’s head on a plate.

Then, in the last two games in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Carlos Eduardo emerged. First, in the home fixture against SC Braga, he came on as a substitute for Lucho Gonzaléz at half-time when the match was 0-0.

Almost immediately, Porto scored the opening goal with Carlos Eduardo having part on the build-up leading to the goal.

After a mid-week interruption because he was not registered to play in UEFA Champions League, Eduardo was at last named for the starting XI against Rio Ave. He delivered an impressive performance, receiving praise from his manager as well as from his teammates.

He made an assist for the team’s first goal and helped Porto secure the three points having played the 90 minutes for the first time in this season in the first team.

This might be the birth of a new star in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. As previously mentioned, Eduardo is the most complete and creative midfielder of Porto’s squad.

He is the missing link in the 4-3-3 midfield trio that Porto is missing since the departure of João Moutinho to Monaco.

At the age of 24, he is still adapting to a new reality in the club. Coming from Estoril to Porto is not easy for anyone and while some players adapt quickly, others take more time to be fully settled in to the new surroundings.

This is the case of Carlos Eduardo, whose shy character makes it difficult for him to showcase all his ability in the early stages of the season in a new club.

However, he is a hardworking midfielder and never gives up in training sessions. He slowly showed his talents to the first team manager and finally made his way up to the first team. While he was not registered to play in UEFA Champions League Group Stage, his recent run of form will almost certainly earn him a place in the squad for the next stage of UEFA Europa League.

The recent performances have already attracted interest from other clubs, with Fiorentina having reportedly asked Porto for their rising star's valuation.

However, the player ended speculation by saying he wants to remain at the club to prove his worth and to repay the confidence the manager and the president placed on his signing in the beginning of the season.

If he continues to display these performances until the end of the season interest from the big sharks in Spain, Italy and France will surely rise.

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