Sevilla forward Andre Silva was recently the main man in the clash between Portugal and Italy, getting the only goal of the game.
None other than Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo believes the future for his country is very bright under his protege.
“When I retire, the national team will remain in good hands because we have a great striker like Andre Silva.”
The Portuguese press didn’t take long to emphasise that the Sevilla man is improving even on Ronaldo’s numbers when he started out with the national team.
In his first 28 games for his country, Silva has scored 13 times, while in the same amount of international matches, Ronaldo netted nine.
He shares a responsibility for getting goals and even an agent, Jorge Mendes, with Ronaldo but Silva is very much his own man.
“He is great, Andre has his own style and way of playing but I’m not going to compare him to anyone else because he’s really a player with his own characteristics,” said Beto, former Portugal goalkeeper.
On Wednesday night, Pablo Machin could bet on Silva at the tip of his attack, being that he is intelligent, fast and dangerous in exploiting space.
Going with two strikers against Real seems excessive and risky, meaning the Portugal international could be chosen to try to surprise Los Blancos.
He was, by the way, linked with Real just a few months ago.
After a brilliant showing for Porto, AC Milan paid 38 million euros for him in the summer of 2017.
However, things didn’t work out as planned for him in Italy and Sevilla brought him in this year on loan with an option to buy.
He immediately set about putting his Milan frustration behind him as he netted a hat-trick on his Sevilla debut against Rayo Vallecano.
The last player who scored three goals in his first league game was Romario for Barcelona against Real Sociedad 25 years ago.
It isn’t the only historic hat-trick for Silva in his career though as he is the youngest player to do so for his country at the age of 20 years, 11 months and four days against the Faroe Islands.
“I’m a worker and am always looking for a goal, that is my aim,” said Silva, who now has four goals for Sevilla in LaLiga Santander.
However, as he looks to relaunch his career at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, it could spell the beginning of the end for striker Wissam Ben Yedder.
“If we receive a very good offer, we could evaluate it,” Joaquin Caparros admitted during the summer when asked about his future.
Jorge Sampaoli, Eduardo Berizzo, Vincenzo Montella and now Machin have all deemed him unworthy of starting.
It isn’t quite the same in the stands, where fans continue to sing his name after he brought his tally to five goals in four games.
That brings his overall total to 47 in 94, he is Sevilla’s No. 9 in his own right.