Why Celtic should sign Fernando Fonseca from Porto
Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to sign Mikael Lustig’s replacement this month, with an eye to get the 21-year-old over the line at Parkhead. The club has been scouting a few players for that position in Europe, and have Fonseca on their radar (h/t Scottish Sun).
The Portuguese was close to joining Italian giants Juventus for £2m in the summer, but has fallen out of the picture. As per the report, Porto would be open to doing business with Celtic. The player has 18 months left on his contract and he would be available for under £2m.
Fonseca was on loan at Estoril last season and has only made three appearances for Porto B this year. For receiving regular first-team football, he would be open to making a move to Scotland (h/t Scottish Sun).
Here’s why Celtic should sign the 21-year-old during this month’s transfer window:
Fonseca’s potential is positive for the Hoops
As mentioned above, Celtic have been aiming to get Mikael Lustig’s long-term replacement by the end of this month. The Sweden international hasn’t been at his best in the last year or so, making the right-back position vulnerable. Opposition teams have tended to attack on that side, exposing the team’s weak area.
Hence, it is pretty evident as to why the Hoops are looking for a new right-back. They have scouted quite a few full-backs, but Fernando Fonseca could be the right choice.
The 21-year-old has a great potential to become one of the better full-backs in the circuit. He hasn’t recieved many opportunities at Porto, and might be eager to prove himself if given a chance.
The Portuguese youngster possesses great pace to make runs up and down that right flank. He is pretty good at making recovery runs as well, which is one of the important aspects of being a successful full-back. Furthermore, the one on one defending and physicality is there to not allow easy balls into the box from his side.
The only thing that Fonseca lacks as of now is the quality of the final ball. He gets into good positions but sometimes picks the wrong pass. That can be worked upon and improved in due course of time. The good thing about him is that the defensive part of his game looks solid, which is the necessity.
Hence, at such a low price, Celtic could get a gem of a player, with whom Rodgers could work wonders.