Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has tipped Manchester United outcast Bebe to follow the same path as Chelsea star Nemanja Matic, reports the Express.
Bebe left Old Trafford this past summer after a torrid spell at Old Trafford, but Jesus has insisted that he will prove a 'late bloomer' and kick on after losing time in England.
Old Trafford nightmare
In truth, Bebe's career at the Theatre of Dreams never got going, as he failed to make any sort of impact on English soil. His summer move to Benfica, then, didn't come as a surprise after various loan spells away from the club.
However, now back in his native country, he will be hoping to prove his doubters wrong and show his talent. Jesus certainly thinks he will eventually be a hit, comparing him to former Benfica man and now Chelsea player Nemanja Matic.
Jesus told Record: "Tiago [Bebe] never experienced youth development.
"He was introduced to football late and he lost a lot of time in England.
"Tiago's development will be equal to Talisca's, Matic's and Andre Gomes.
"They were all late bloomers."
Matic, of course, left the Portuguese outfit in a big-money £21 million move to Chelsea in January and hasn't looked back since, becoming an integral part of Jose Mourinho's squad. Jesus, though, will be hoping that Bebe doesn't go on to become a hit and then depart the club for one of Europe's big-boys.
Van Gaal regime
With the array of attacking talent now at Manchester United, it certainly looks unlikely that Bebe will ever return to Old Trafford. Under Louis van Gaal, the Red Devils now possess some of the world's best in the forward areas of the pitch.
The likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao joined Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Co. this past summer, so United fans will be hoping the club return to their best sooner rather than later.
United have made an inconsistent start to this season, though, with the club already as many as eight points behind league leaders Chelsea after just seven games. The Red Devils are next in action next Monday evening when they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom.