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Scouting report - German football writer Sven Westerschulze on Renato Sanches

Posted on 15 September 2017  - 10:00

It’s fair to say eyebrows were raised when Renato Sanches, Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, joined Swansea on loan from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day - a real coup for the Swans. What can we expect from the winger named Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016? Sven Westerschulze, a writer for German magazine SportBild, gives us this insight...

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Renato Sanches

- Came through the system at Benfica in Portugal, debut for Benfica B in 2014-15
- 35 appearances for Benfica in 2015-16, won Portuguese Premeira League title
- Also won Goal of the Season and Premiera League ‘Breakthrough’ award, 2015-16
- Member of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning team, scored in quarter-final v Poland
- Named Young Player of Euro 2016
- Won ‘Golden Boy’ as ‘most impressive young footballer’ in Europe in 2016, awarded by journalists - first won by Rafa van der Vaart in 2003. Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba are also former winners
- Has joined Swansea on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich

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Football writer, SportBild

“Renato Sanches came to Bayern Munich from Benfica last summer and Bayern were very happy to get him because a lot of clubs wanted him. There was much expectation on him last season. In my opinion, I have to say he had problems with the pace of the game in the Bundesliga, I think that was his biggest problem here last season.

“It’s funny, his best game for Bayern was this summer in a friendly against Chelsea in Asia. He has good strength in his game, he’s physically strong and he has ability and I believe the Premier League will be good for him. It’s more intense physically, more tackles, more power. That’s what's good for him about this loan move.

Below: Renato Sanches in action in his Swansea debut against Newcastle last week

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“I think he can do well in the Premier League and Sanches knows he has to play. His chances would be limited at Bayern because they have signed Sebastian Rudy (from 1899 Hoffenheim), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) and they already have Thiago and Vidal. So this could be a win/win situation for Swansea and Sanches if he is able to connect his physical strength with his qualities on the ball.

Below: Renato Sanches - Euro 2016 winner

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“I was at the Champions League match between Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday. I thought Tottenham were very smart. They knew how Dortmund tried to play and in Germany, we say they were ‘cold as ice’. You have to say Tottenham were really smart in the second half, they could have scored more goals. In the end, it was good for Dortmund that they didn’t lose four or five-one. The new coach has good ideas, very offensive but you can’t make mistakes. In the Champions League, every mistake will be punished.”