We have recently brought you plenty of news regarding the performances and behaviour of FC Porto’s young protégé Kelvin Mateus de Oliveira; better known by his aka of simply ‘Kelvin’ but to avoid confusion with the unitary energy measurement I always like to enlighten you to his full name.
The Brazilian teenager has had an eventful season since returning to the club from a loan-spell at Rio Ave. In recent weeks he has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. He sulked at being demoted to the ‘B’ team while he was also charged with driving without a license. Things were looking bleak for the former Parana attacker.
And it was a shame because he has previously shown flashes of his brilliance. He announced himself onto the bigger stage with an impressive late double against SC Braga in April that saw Porto maintain pressure on the Primeira Liga leaders SL Benfica; pressure that has finally paid off.
Going into the weekend both teams were unbeaten in the league and just two points separated them; meaning Porto knew a victory was a must against their fierce rivals.
After a scrappy affair victory was exactly what they got as that man Kelvin performed another late show by grabbing a winning goal in the 92nd minute to take them to the top of the table with just one round of fixtures remaining.
And as you can see below it really was a fantastic strike …
It is this ability and potential that has seen him earmarked as the eventual replacement for Manchester United’s long-term target James Rodriguez when the Colombian finally decides to leave the club.
For Benfica it was a massive body-blow ahead of their Europa League final in Amsterdam against Chelsea on Wednesday and what they didn’t need was the man who had just condemned to a possibly humbling league submission rubbing salt in the wounds by admitting his love for Chelsea:
"I'm rooting for Chelsea, I'll be honest. Not for Portuguese football. I am Chelsea until death’’
With Chelsea’s already promising array of Brazilian’s including the likes of David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and Wallace maybe a cheeky move for this self-proclaimed supporter could be good business. If he can stay out of trouble that is.
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