25/06/2009 07:00,

08/09 Review: Possebon

Rodrigo Possebon picked up Carling Cup and Community Shield winners' medals in his first season as a senior squad member and already has his own song...

The Brazilian midfielder – like his defensive compatriot, Rafael – impressed by scoring in a pre-season friendly, with a stunning strike against Burscough.

That boosted his already burgeoning reputation, and after a league debut as a sub in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle in August, he came on again eight days later at Fratton Park – this time for Anderson.

An injury sustained against Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup threatened to curtail his season; the challenge from Emmanuel Pogatetz turned out not to be too serious, but his subsequent chances were limited.

A league cup medal under his belt and a year of being schooled in the harshness of English football will certainly prepare the youngster for the next phase in his progression and Red legend Bryan Robson feels there’s plenty more to come from the stylish midfielder.

“In the first-team games, where Sir Alex has put him on as substitute, he looks as if he has great ability on the ball.”


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"Rodrigo has got good physique, two good feet and excellent positional awareness. He also has a presence about him when he plays."

- Mike Phelan

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