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14/06/2012 10:07, Report by Steve Bartram

Scouting: Nelson Oliveira

Talking Reds talent spotter Walters_14_MuFc scouted Nélson Oliveira on Wednesday...

Player Name: Nélson Oliveira
National Team: Portugal
Club Team: S.L. Benfica
Position: Striker
Age: 20
Match Scouted: Portugal 3 - Denmark 2, 13/6/2012
Key Moment - When he held up the ball and played a nice pass to Nani, which lead to Ronaldo having a one-on-one with the keeper.
Strengths: Very good at holding up the ball and bringing others into play. Comfortable on the ball, has a good touch, and at 6'1", one would assume he'd be an aerial threat. At 20, he's got so much room for improvement. Has been labelled as potentially 'the Portuguese Cantona'.
Weaknesses: Doesn't look the fastest across the ground. He could probably also do with a bit of bulking up.
Suitability: Could easily operate up front on his own in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1 formation. He also does a lot of dropping off so he could interchange postions with whoever he is playing upfront alongside, whether it be Rooney, Welbeck or Hernandez. Would be an excellent fourth choice striker.
Estimated Cost: I'd say about £6-8million.

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