Joao Carlos Vilaca Teixeira may have only played nine minutes of senior football for Liverpool, but that debut – in the vital 3-2 victory over Fulham last week – has made quite an impact on those who saw it.
“It was great and I’m really happy,” he said. “I want to say thank you to the boss and all my teammates for helping me to improve every day. I have been working to be here and make my debut.
“The manager said maybe I could score and it would be great for me if I scored. I was confident and I tried. It didn’t go in but there’s next time.”
Teixeira was again the on the bench for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round match against Liverpool, but this time he could only watch as his side lost 2-1 in contentious circumstances.
But one ex-Liverpool player was glowing in his praise for the former Sporting Lisbon man following his debut for the Reds.
“I remember being on holiday watching Wayne Rooney’s debut on the TV and thinking ‘this boy can play’ and Teixeira reminded me of that moment.
“His movement was great, he didn’t look phased by the occasion and got stuck in as well which is where some young players can be found out. He looks like he’s got real quality about him.”
So while the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling continue to impress in the Liverpool first-team, Teixeira could soon be challenging them (and the likes of Suso) for the title of ‘next big thing’.
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