Brazilian stars seem to be the way forward for Chelsea after their capture of promising talent Oscar from Internacional last summer and David Luiz from Benfica the season before. Now their eyes seem to be focused on young right-back ‘Wallace’ Oliveira dos Santos, who currently plays for Fluminese.
The 18-year-old began his career with the club from Brazil only a year ago but has since developed at a considerable rate, causing heads to turn from big-named clubs. As a prearranged deal was already set in 2010 when Deco was transferred to Fluminese for free, 40% of Wallace’s ownership went to the Blues.
As a senior member of the under-17 Brazil international squad, the full-back is expected to join the under-20 side before embarking on a full career with the national team. His future already looks bright but with a sense of inexperience, his agent, Frederico Morais believes it will help him to stay in Brazil for the time being. “Wallace and I have talked about Europe but agreed that he will be best served by staying in Brazil. He now needs to develop more,” spoke Morais, in accordance with the Daily Mail.
A £5m price-tag has already been presented to possible suitors, including the likes of Manchester City as well as Chelsea. Yet with Wallace needing a majority of game time to continue his improvement, joining a major club on a permanent basis may come too soon for the talented youngster.
With the acquisition of Spanish defender Cesar Azipeculata only a couple of months ago, Chelsea have two other defenders who play a similar position in Branislav Ivanovic and Paulo Ferriera. Would it be wise for Wallace to join a team with so much competition at this stage? Just how much playing time would he be expecting to receive?
As all good development stages go, it is best to be eased into another league and with the Premier League arguably the toughest to be adjusted into, it’ll do Wallace well to start off at a team he can make mistakes in and not be overly punished for it.
Not a traditional right-back but more modernised as his speedy runs forward are matched with an ability to get crosses into the box. Fluminense manager Abel Braga stated on Metro: ‘This kid has an extraordinary future ahead of him. In the attacking third of the field, his level of crossing is superior.’
With this in mind, in the future, Wallace could prove to be a very useful addition for the likes of Chelsea and Man City but for now, his future very much lies in Brazil.