Wellington Silva is a name that many football fans may struggle to identify.
Arsene Wenger, who officially acquired the talented attacking midfielder back in 2011 from Fluminense, will finally be able to give the now 22-year-old Brazilian a run in the first-team and the time to settle in.
Wellington will be eager to prove his worth in an already packed Arsenal midfield. However, it will be up to Wenger to determine whether the former labelled “wonderkid” is worth the wait after being loaned out five times in just four years.
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In order to obtain Spanish citizenship and thereby an English work-permit, Wellington has attended loan spells with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and most recently Almeria.
During his time in Fluminense he was praised for his ability and flair like many other young Brazilian starlets we’ve seen throughout the years.
What kind of player is he?
He possesses qualities, which may suggest that he would fit in well with the current Arsenal squad. He’s quick, able to shoot with both feet, versatile in the attacking positions, technically gifted and plays with a high work-rate.
He will need to work on his finishing and vision, as he has struggled in terms of goals and assists recently.
Squawka revealed his shortcomings through statistics from his recent loan spell with Almeria. Wellington failed to score a single goal and managed only two assists in 31 La Liga games in a season that saw Almeria relegated.
It must be said that Wellington completed 55% of his take ons, which was the highest recorded in the club. His ability to dazzle past defenders should not be underestimated, but he needs to make something of his effort.
Fortunately, for him, he will get the chance to play at a much higher level with players capable of converting chances as well as creating them on a consistent basis, which may inspire Wellington to be at his best.
Will he make it?
There have been talks regarding his contract situation with Arsenal – a contract, which initially expires next summer.
Fortunately for Wellington, it looks as if Arsenal will want to keep him for now as Metro are reporting that talks of a new contract is ongoing, which indicates that Arsenal do not intend to let him leave just yet.
Of course, if they didn't believe he was worth it, rather than offering him a new contract, they could have offloaded him on several occasions.
Whether Wellington Silva will be a name to remember remains unclear. It also makes sense to suggest that he will struggle for game time.
Opposite to Wellington, Joel Campbell did well on his loan spells and was one of the talking points at the World Cup, but he seems to be on his way out after a difficult first season. Why would Wellington be any different?
It is impossible to know if he will emulate Francis Coquelin and cement his place in the team, or if he will emulate Ryo Miyaichi and cement his place outside of it. However, it is possible to suggest that Wenger might see something in him; hence his impending return after four long years.
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