Jo­vane Cabral

age 20 (14.06.98), Sport­ing & Por­tu­gal

World Soccer - - Talent Scout -

In a sen­tence

The lat­est in a long line of classy wingers to emerge from the youth sys­tem at Sport­ing, he is the heir ap­par­ent to such stars as Luis Figo, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, Ri­cardo Quaresma and Nani.

What they say

Sport­ing coach Jose Pe­seiro: “Here’s a young­ster with the sort of char­ac­ter we want. Whether he’s used for 10 or 20 min­utes as a sub­sti­tute or is not called upon at all, he’s happy to be one of us. He doesn’t run away if he doesn’t start. He waits for his chance and when he comes on, he gives ev­ery­thing.”

For­mer Sport­ing B coach Joao De Deus: “He has tremen­dous po­ten­tial. He’s so well de­vel­oped phys­i­cally. You could say he’s a body­builder who plays foot­ball.”

Manu Lomba, his coach at Gremio Nha­gar: “Even as a child of nine or 10, he had an ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­pa­bil­ity as a foot­baller and in­cred­i­ble de­sire.”

Story so far

The ul­ti­mate im­pact sub for Sport­ing this sea­son, he earned a penalty on his league de­but against Mor­eirense, pro­vided an as­sist ver­sus Se­tubal, popped up with the only goal of the game against Feirense and was on tar­get in a Europa League vic­tory over Qarabag of Azer­bai­jan.

A na­tive of the Cape Verde clus­ter of is­lands, he was born and raised on San­ti­ago, the largest is­land of the ar­chi­pel­ago. He be­gan play­ing foot­ball at the age of nine with Gremio Nha­gar, and on turn­ing 16 he trav­elled to Por­tu­gal for a series of tri­als and was taken on by Sport­ing. Af­ter shin­ing for the un­der-17s, un­der-19s and B sides, he made his se­nior de­but in 2017, com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute in a Por­tuguese Cup tie against Oleiros. He made a fiveminute cameo as a sub for Cape Verde in a friendly with Lux­em­bourg in March 2017, but has re­fused fur­ther call-ups and is tak­ing up Por­tuguese cit­i­zen­ship.

The next step

Said to be on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Sport­ing have ex­tended his cur­rent con­tract un­til 2023 and in­creased his re­lease clause to € 60m.

Strengths

With his pace, tech­ni­cal dex­ter­ity and un­com­mon pow­ers of im­pro­vi­sa­tion he is dif­fi­cult to knock off the ball. Can op­er­ate on ei­ther flank and packs a fizzing shot

from dis­tance.

Weak­nesses

His de­ci­sion-mak­ing leaves a lit­tle to be de­sired. Still raw, he can overdo the trick­ery and wan­der into dead ends.

“He has tremen­dous po­ten­tial. He’s so well de­vel­oped phys­i­cally. You could say he’s a body­builder who plays foot­ball” Ex-Sport­ing B boss Joao De Deus

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