On the RADAR

Bruno FERNANDES (Sport­ing)

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Sport­ing fans rightly ques­tioned the cre­den­tials of the 23-year-old when he was signed from Sam­p­do­ria this sum­mer for € 8.5mil­lion.

The for­mer Boav­ista trainee was raised in Ital­ian foot­ball with No­vara and Udi­nese, be­fore im­press­ing last sea­son at Samp. But any doubts about the mid­fielder were wiped out as he scored five goals in his first six league games in Sport­ing’s un­beaten start to the sea­son.

Called into the Por­tu­gal squad for the first time in Au­gust, he has been com­pared to ex-Sport­ing play­maker Joao Mario, who is now at In­ter­nazionale, and his im­pres­sive start at the Es­ta­dio Jose Al­valade has meant Adrien Silva – the sub­ject of a botched trans­fer to Le­ices­ter City – has not been missed.


(Genoa) These two highly promis­ing teenagers have made their de­buts for Genoa this sea­son, with 16-year-old, 6ft 4in for­ward Pellegri scor­ing three goals in his first four games, and 15-year-old at­tack­ing mid­fielder Salcedo al­ready be­ing courted by Ju­ven­tus, In­ter­nazionale and Mi­lan.

Fed­erico VALVERDE

(Uruguay) The 19-year-old scored on his in­ter­na­tional de­but to end Uruguay’s six-match win­less streak as they stunned hosts Paraguay 2-1 in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing.

Si­mone ZAZA

(Va­len­cia) The Ital­ian striker, who was a goal­less flop in the Premier League last sea­son, scored five goals in the first six Liga games this term.


(Nantes) The for­mer Le­ices­ter City man­ager saw his French side en­joy an un­beaten five-game run, tak­ing 13 points from 15 games as they climbed up the Ligue 1 ta­ble.


(USA) A mem­ber of the USA squad for the Un­der-17 World Cup in In­dia, the striker will join Bun­desliga side Werder Bre­men when he turns 18 in Fe­bru­ary.


(Ger­many) His two goals against Nor­way meant he has scored six in his first eight games for Ger­many – equalling the achieve­ment of Pierre Lit­tbarski, who also scored a brace against Nor­way, in 1982.

Clinton N’JIE

(Mar­seille) The Cameroon for­ward scored five Ligue 1 goals for Mar­seille in the space of 208 min­utes – at an av­er­age of one every 42 min­utes – which is more than he man­aged in all of last sea­son.

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