Miguel Veloso has been linked to Arsenal for as little as £6million because of Sporting Lisbon’s apparent economic crisis. Arsenal Column looks to run the rule on the 22 year old Portugal international.
Agent talk or not the central midfielder has been linked with the Gunners for the best part of a year and also to a host of other top clubs including AC Milan and Man Utd.
Last year Sporting were beaten to the top of the table by 14 points to biggest rivals FC Porto, losing times. Being versatile, Veloso played a number of positions including centre back and left back to go with his preferred position of defensive midfielder. The signing of Fabio Rochemback has limited his chances this season but is seen as a potentially great player nonetheless.
Veloso has been given extra responsibility from set plays this season and whether shooting or crossing is a great threat. He has scored some great goals from such situations and is equally adept in shooting from open play. Seen as a creative defensive midfield player last season he was criticised for his marking abilities in tracking runners and being in position while also said to be not quick enough.
The Portuguese midfielder is said to be improving these sides of his game and to better his center of gravity and coordination. Veloso has a great technigue and the potential creativity of a more advanced player but with such an ability his passing range could be better. There is a lot of potential in the player and with someone with a strong mentality as his, the improvements will come over games and adversity.
Not the finished article as of yet and coming to the Premiership will probably require further adjusting but if all goes well can become one of the best players in his position.
|Full name||Miguel Luís Pinto Veloso|
|Date of birth||May 11, 1986|
|Place of birth||Coimbra, Portugal|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Position(s)||Defensive Midfielder (midfielder centre, left/centre back)|
|Shooting||8 out of 10|
|Tackling:||6 out of 10|
|Heading:||6 out of 10|
|Creativity:||7 out of 10|
|Marking:||5 out of 10|
Potential Value: £15million