Old Trafford newbie being judged before he has even begun.
Manchester United’s surprise signing Bebe is struggling so badly in training that he was pulled out of a reserve game last night, it has been claimed.
The former Portuguese street kid, who cost £7million from Vitoria de Guimaraes was supposed to make his debut against Manchester City’s second-string Elite Squad but was withdrawn after discussions between Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford reserve team coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
The forward was described as “no risk’ by when the manager snapped him up a fortnight ago despite never having seen him play.
He had only been at Vitoria for a few weeks after an undistinguished spell with Division Three side Estrala da Amadora but had starred in pre-season.
However, it is thought that Bebe’s touch and control have been found wanting in training and coaches have doubted that he will be in contention for a first team place in the near future. (Daily Mirror)
This was always likely to happen. Journalists and pundits alike would already have questioned the wisdom in a) purchasing a player with no top level football experience whatsoever and b) doing so without apparently watching him in action. However it is a little too soon to make assertions as to Bebe’s ability or lack thereof.
Clearly there will be a bedding in process and maybe even a loan spell await the £7.4m signing who was something of a shock addition to the Old Trafford squad when he arrived earlier this month. Sir Alex Ferguson has been looking to add more young talent to his squad and the seeming lack of funds forthcoming from the club’s American owners has left the wily Scot to look at investing funds in players for the future such as Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez, rather than signing established stars.
Whether the 20 year old attacker will make it in the Premier League is of course a question that can only be answered over time. The rather bizarre circumstances of his arrival at the club will become folklore in years to come and the Portuguese attacker will hope that his own ability will become more of a talking point than his homeless past.