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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Come on Boro -

WhenDaSil­vasigned­h­is­first pro con­tract in De­cem­ber 2015, Posh di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry de­scribed Leo as the ‘most tal­ented 16 year -old I’ve seen since Ge­orge Best.”

Fry was a player at Manch­ester United as a teenager with Best.

New first-team man­ager Grant McCann is a huge fan of Da Silva Lopes so don’t be sur­prised­ifhe­be­come­safirst­team reg­u­lar this sea­son.

Da Silva Lopes added: “I’ve loved my time with the first team. It has been hard phys­i­cally at times, but the re­wards have been worth it.

“I didn’t ex­pect to makemy first-teamde­but­soy­oun­gand I didn’t ex­pect to have played so many first-team games at this stage of my ca­reer.

“I want to push on fur­ther though.

“As far as I’m con­cerned, although we have a lot of mid­field­ers at the club, weall have anequalchance­ofget­ting­into the side. We all started afresh in pre-sea­son.

“I don’t mind where I play. In a mid­field di­a­mond I’m prob­a­blybe­ston­theright­side ofit sothat­could­turnout­tobe my po­si­tion.”

Da Silva Lopes regards French star Paul Pogba as his play­ing hero, but his role model is a player a lot closer to home.

“I love Pogba’s abil­ity to be strong at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing, but if I can em­u­late Jer­maineAn­der­sonI’ll­be­happy,” Da Silva Lopes added.

“He came through the youth team to be­come an es­tab­lished first-team player and that’s now my am­bi­tion.”

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