The Jewels of Sporting Clube De Portugal

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Sporting Clube De Portugal are on track to possibly win there first league title since 2001. Led by young coach Ruben Amorim and spearheaded by a team filled with academy prospects, home grown bought players and veteran leadership Sporting sit a Top of the Liga Portuguesa by 10 Points and have won the league cup in a season where they we're not expected to reach higher then 4th place. They have the second best offense in the league and the best defense in the league only conceding 10. Thanks to Amorim's 5-2-3 Formation many of these players play almost position less football and are very versatile. Sporting are in the midst of possibly a gold mine of young players all breaking through at the same time and with Sporting almost certainly playing Champions league next season it gives them the luxury of possibly holding on to many of their top talents. So let's dive into the jewels of this Sporting team which has led to possibly one of the most unexpected league titles in league history if it happens. Before I begin lots of credit needs to be given to the veterans as well, Sebastian Coates is the leader and captain of this team and has been unbelievable this season, Feddal as well has been a big voice in the locker room, Adan has brought experience and veteran leadership to the backline, and lastly Joao Mario as an academy player has been huge to the academy kids.

JOAO PALHINHA (25 yrs CDM)- The absolute rock of this team and arguably the most important player. His development in the last 4 years has been absurd and he was close to joining wolves this season before Amorim denied the move saying he valued Palhinha and wanted him in the team. What kind of player is he? Palhinha is a no nonsense CDM like the good old days. Absolute rock in the midfield he wins 95% of his 1 on 1 duels. Duals won per 90 is 9,11 his recuperations per game is 5,83 his interceptions per game is 1,38 and his aerial duels won is 2,55. The man is an absolute freak defensively and he also has 3 goals to his name so far this season. Palhinha is not an offensive threat besides in set pieces but that's not the type of player he is. He disrupts a midfield all on his own and has been Vital for Sporting having the best defense in the league.

PEDRO "POTE" GONCALVES (22 yrs LF/RF/CF/CAM/CM)- "Pote" was bought from Famalicao this season where he played at CM however Amorim adapted him to a LF or almost a false 9 type of player (Firmino style role) and it has payed off significantly. Pote currently is the top goal scorer of the league with 14 goals and has showed a scoring prowess that was not expected by anyone. Nifty player on the ball with an eye for goal and a creative mind with the ball. Has been a revelation for Sporting.

NUNO MENDES (18 yrs LB)- This kid has all the makings to be a star. Huge engine who runs up and down the field all game, Top notch technical ability and good going forward and just as good defensively. Nuno is strong in the air and has even put some shifts in at LCB, His early crosses are great and has the potential to get some goals as well with his ability going forward. Nuno Mendes made his debut at the end of last season and has been the starting left back ever since. He might be the most highly touted player in the squad.

PEDRO PORRO (21yrs RB)- Signed by Sporting on loan from City with a buyout clause of 8.5M I would be highly shocked if Sporting did not buy Porro outright. Porro has been probably one of the best right backs Sporting have had in the last 10+ years. Attacking wise much better then defensively (not that he is a push over in defense) Has a great shot on him and has scored some bangers and is technically astute. My favorite quality of Porro is the South American fiery he has (He is Spanish but the passion he shows is similar to typical South American players) He celebrates a defensive stop as loud as he would a goal. Sporting have easily the best right and left backs in the league and both have bags of potential.

MATHEUS NUNES ( 22 yrs CM)- Brazilian born player he effortlessly glides past players and his talent on the ball is evident for everyone to see. Has a bomb of a right foot on him and is on par with Daniel Braganca the best passers in the team for sure. He is very easy on the eye when he has the ball and I have a feeling he will make a big move sooner rather than later. Has mostly come off the bench because of Joao Mario but at times has played RM as well.

DANIEL BRAGANCA (21 yrs CM)- You watch him play and can immediately see his quality, old school maestro midfielder where the ball loves being with him. He does as he pleases with the ball and his high levels of footballing IQ let him see things before other players. Small player with a low center of gravity who can pick out a pass like no other player can on his team. Unfortunate not to get more minutes this season because of all the quality in midfield we have to share but has yet to play a bad game when he does come on. The kid oozes class.

TIAGO TOMAS (18 yrs ST)- Tomas has developed so much this past season. He has 5 goals this season and has physically gotten stronger and faster through the season. His pace, Runs and tough grit are his best attributed but he needs to work more on his finishing. He has played out wide many times as well but his best position is in that ST, CF role. He has won over many Sporting fans because of his mentality. Like most players on this list he is also a technically sound player on the ball.

GONCALO INACIO (18 yrs CB)- Inacio has recently become the starting RCB at Sporting and has been brilliant to say the very least. He is a naturally left footed player playing on the Right side but it does not affect him at all. Very good player on the ball which for a center back is very important to have. Can pass as good as most CM but from the backline. I would rank him as our most talented CB for sure. Plays with the serenity and calmness of a 15 year veteran he is just 18. Has scored 1 goal this season and gotten 2 assists. I think he has the highest possibility to be the starting LCB for Portugal next to Ruben Dias.

EDUARDO QUARESMA (18 yrs CB)- Lost his spot early on this season because of injury and then COVID and has struggles to get back into the lineup ever since because of how good Sporting has been. Talented CB who broke into the team last season and earned the trust of Amorim early on. He will certainly make his way back into the lineup again. Unlike Inacio he is not as good on the ball but is very good at reading the game and understanding space and switches. Would be beautiful to have him and Inacio starting together at Sporting one day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLTSv71VCAY

**HONORABLE MENTIONS who have not played any first team games this season but have or will play more games very soon**

JOELSON FERNANDES (18 yrs RW/LW) Typical Sporting youth academy player a skillful winger who excites the crowds and likes to take on players, recently renewed his contract with Sporting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp_VJQSYoYc

GENY CATAMO (20 yrs RW/LW)- Similar mold to Joelson but probably with a better shot on him.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hlLHBvrI6Y

GONCALO PLATA (20 yrs RW/LW)- Young ecuadorian winger who was the standout player for Ecuador at the U2O World Cup who has been very hot and cold in his time at Sporting. Has a lot to grow to break through in the starting team again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxLn5S5BojI
 

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Thought this was going to be a thread about the size of Palhinha's balls, disappointed
 

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Sorry but being also a Sporting fan, even if older than you, and knowing this is a football forum, we need to be careful when we mean the word Jewel.

I mean there are players who because they come from the Academy or are having good seasons in the Domestic League they aren't automatically Jewels for top European Leagues. I mean, you mention Palhinha, could he play in England? Perhaps, for a Wolves team level.

Why do you think Nuno Mendes is prepared to play in a top league? He plays in a back 5 as a winger. Same for Matheus Nunes. What has he done to deserve the Jewel type of denomination?

I am all for Academy Players or having younger players being from Portugal or abroad, but we don't know how many players will reach international top level. I am all for excitement, and don't get me wrong, but i suspect every fan from the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Austria or Switzerland could come here and say their clubs all have exciting prospects and Jewels.

The reality is none of them has proven nothing, for that you need to play Champions League or Europa League level to prove themselves. We don't need hype around players, and no, the majority of them are normal players. With that said it was a moronic decision by Sousa Cintra to let a guy like Demiral leave 2 years ago for peanuts and 1 year later he was at Juventus.

We don't have Jewels. Period. We have normal players like a lot of other clubs from "lesser leagues" have in Europe.
 

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Do Sporting need to generate funds via transfers or what is this thread about?
 

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Do Sporting need to generate funds via transfers or what is this thread about?
Being a Sporting fan refusing the Jewel association, and knowing @SportingCP96 isn't a Jorge Mendes undercover agent in this Forum I suspect he is suffering from football clubs supporters syndrome, which means, when a club who hasn't won the Domestic League for almost 20 years and you are closer to it, he maybe is thinking average to normal players who haven´t proven nothing in European Football somehow have been transformed into Jewels.

Don't even try to guess what would happen if we had Halland or Sancho. The Forum had to be closed.
 

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Being a Sporting fan refusing the Jewel association, and knowing @SportingCP96 isn't a Jorge Mendes undercover agent in this Forum I suspect he is suffering from football clubs supporters syndrome, which means, when a club who hasn't won the Domestic League for almost 20 years and you are closer to it, he maybe is thinking average to normal players who haven´t proven nothing in European Football somehow have been transformed into Jewels.

Don't even try to guess what would happen if we had Halland or Sancho. The Forum had to be closed.
I am just pointing out the talents we have at the club,

are all of these guys going to be world class? Most likely not.

Nonetheless it is a very promising generation of players coming through so I figured I would put them all in one thread as opposed to making separate threads when the transfer rumors begin.
 

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Do Sporting need to generate funds via transfers or what is this thread about?
Just a thread about promising players at our club. Nothing more nothing less.
 

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Imagine if they still had Bruno. Give it 4 years under Bruno’s mentorship and they’ll be sextuple winners! All of them will have to stay of course.
 

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Sorry but being also a Sporting fan, even if older than you, and knowing this is a football forum, we need to be careful when we mean the word Jewel.

I mean there are players who because they come from the Academy or are having good seasons in the Domestic League they aren't automatically Jewels for top European Leagues. I mean, you mention Palhinha, could he play in England? Perhaps, for a Wolves team level.

Why do you think Nuno Mendes is prepared to play in a top league? He plays in a back 5 as a winger. Same for Matheus Nunes. What has he done to deserve the Jewel type of denomination?

I am all for Academy Players or having younger players being from Portugal or abroad, but we don't know how many players will reach international top level. I am all for excitement, and don't get me wrong, but i suspect every fan from the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Austria or Switzerland could come here and say their clubs all have exciting prospects and Jewels.

The reality is none of them has proven nothing, for that you need to play Champions League or Europa League level to prove themselves. We don't need hype around players, and no, the majority of them are normal players. With that said it was a moronic decision by Sousa Cintra to let a guy like Demiral leave 2 years ago for peanuts and 1 year later he was at Juventus.

We don't have Jewels. Period. We have normal players like a lot of other clubs from "lesser leagues" have in Europe.
Jewel is probably the wrong word I was thinking of but nonetheless lots of promising players that are coming through. Are any of them ready for a move into a top team? Obviously not this is there first full season in a first team setting and they need time to grow but they are a crop of young players all playing for the first team at the same time.

Some could be top players at top clubs some might be good played at mid table epl clubs and others might not do anything to note at all. We just don’t know yet as it’s too soon but since these guys are all breaking in at the same time then I felt would make sense to put them all in one thread.
 

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I am just pointing out the talents we have at the club,

are all of these guys going to be world class? Most likely not.

Nonetheless it is a very promising generation of players coming through so I figured I would put them all in one thread as opposed to making separate threads when the transfer rumors begin.
Ok I think you are a bit excited, still 39 points to go. Next season with European Football the challenge is different. Always good to make the counter argument on your threads. ;)
 

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Genuinely can’t believe you guys haven’t won the league for 20 years.
 

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Ok I think you are a bit excited, still 39 points to go. Next season with European Football the challenge is different. Always good to make the counter argument on your threads. ;)
Of course! It’s good to speak to you as always !

Excited? Of course!! It’s been 20 years

I do think this is a talented crop though.
 

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Genuinely can’t believe you guys haven’t won the league for 20 years.
It’s the most corrupt league in Europe besides Greece that explains most of it.

The fact we did not win the league in 15/16 is still something I can not understand.

Nonetheless we are 10 wins away now!
 

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Are you sure about Porro buy-out clause?
I just checked Transfermarkt, City bought him a year ago from Girona €12M.
 

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Are you sure about Porro buy-out clause?
I just checked Transfermarkt, City bought him a year ago from Girona €12M.
Positive. Its for 8.5M and the loan is a 2 year loan with Sporting with us having an option to purchase him for the price previously stated.

I think City and Sporting are on very good terms after a friendly protocol was almost agreed last year and we sold them academy prospect Felix Correia.
 

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Braganca looks very promising. He's still raw I think and looks like he might need to improve positioning, general play, etc. but he looks the one with the most potential to me.
 

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From all those, I think only 3 have a chance to become interesting players for United. I'd bet on Nuno Mendes first, Gonçalo Inácio second and lastly Pedro Gonçalves. The rest I think it's Wolves/Leicester level at best. There's nothing certain in football but I would easily bet on Mendes and Inácio becoming top NT players in near future (class prospects in positions that we desperately need solutions).
 

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When I was a kid and my family were on holiday in Lisbon I begged them to take me to the Sporting stadium for a tour. This was the summer we signed Ronaldo from them (03?) so I knew a bit about the club. Had a soft spot for them ever since. Didn't realise it was so long since they'd won the portuguese league, would be lovely to see them win it this season.
 

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Braganca looks very promising. He's still raw I think and looks like he might need to improve positioning, general play, etc. but he looks the one with the most potential to me.
Have you seen him play or your going off the videos?

His ability on the ball is fantastic imo.
 

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How much for a bulk deal of Pote, Palhinha and Matheus Nunes this summer? In your honest opinion how much do you think you'd get for them?
If it was this summer honestly 20M for palhinha 15M for Matheus and Pote could fetch a 35-40M range.

This is only because this is there first full season in the first team. However, if next season they show out again and especially in the CL I reckon those figures go up significantly.
 

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From all those, I think only 3 have a chance to become interesting players for United. I'd bet on Nuno Mendes first, Gonçalo Inácio second and lastly Pedro Gonçalves. The rest I think it's Wolves/Leicester level at best. There's nothing certain in football but I would easily bet on Mendes and Inácio becoming top NT players in near future (class prospects in positions that we desperately need solutions).
Inácio and Mendes I am positive will reach a very high level

Pote as well right behind them.

I can’t ignore Bragança though. He is too talented I hope he makes it.

Nunes is the outside chance guy for me he has so many unique tools and abilities that he COULD be a really good player.

Palhinha I think can easily start in a top half team in the EPL. Spurs his ceiling I’m guessing.
 

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I hope you guys do it!

Have never watched any of these players of course. Will check the videos.
As do I! It’s all I have ever wanted since I was a kid was to watch them win the league.
 

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If @SportingCP96 says they're worth the hype, then I'm on the train.
Now keep in mind this does not mean they will all “make it”. I think it is still too early to come to and full conclusions.

I think 3 of them I would place a betting hand on and I have 2 of them as an outside chance but it’s still soon so this night change naturally.
 

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Have you seen him play or your going off the videos?

His ability on the ball is fantastic imo.
Just going off the videos. There's just something about his vision and delivery there. Perhaps it's too small a sample size to tell.

As with all young players, give them enough game time in the right role and under the right coach and they'll shine.
 

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Sorry but being also a Sporting fan, even if older than you, and knowing this is a football forum, we need to be careful when we mean the word Jewel.

I mean there are players who because they come from the Academy or are having good seasons in the Domestic League they aren't automatically Jewels for top European Leagues. I mean, you mention Palhinha, could he play in England? Perhaps, for a Wolves team level.

Why do you think Nuno Mendes is prepared to play in a top league? He plays in a back 5 as a winger. Same for Matheus Nunes. What has he done to deserve the Jewel type of denomination?

I am all for Academy Players or having younger players being from Portugal or abroad, but we don't know how many players will reach international top level. I am all for excitement, and don't get me wrong, but i suspect every fan from the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Austria or Switzerland could come here and say their clubs all have exciting prospects and Jewels.

The reality is none of them has proven nothing, for that you need to play Champions League or Europa League level to prove themselves. We don't need hype around players, and no, the majority of them are normal players. With that said it was a moronic decision by Sousa Cintra to let a guy like Demiral leave 2 years ago for peanuts and 1 year later he was at Juventus.

We don't have Jewels. Period. We have normal players like a lot of other clubs from "lesser leagues" have in Europe.
why I think this post is a camouflaged reverse jinx