Grading The Deal; The Potential Laden Nathan

Signing For The Champions | Nathan
Signing For The Champions | Nathan
Do Pack Lightly Lad... | #Banta
Do Pack Lightly Lad… | #Banta

Chelsea F.C. have moved early and showed their hand with regards to their plans for next season as gaffer José Mourinho has dropped hints regarding an increased level of pro-activity in the market from the Champions. While many were caught off guard by the murmurs of a deal being pursued for Brazilian wunderkind Nathan a month ago, it was more the mechanics of the deal than the deal itself that had most of us scratching our heads. Those who have been blessed enough to watch him in all his glory at youth international level will tell you that Nathan is a supreme talent with the potential to become a genuine star in that trequartista role; yet it’s the fact that Atlético Paranaense have struggled to manage this great talent accordingly and now they have lost him for what will look like a paltry £ 4,5m in a few seasons time when he begins to complete his development and play at his more optimal levels consistently.

#TheSuperMarket

Nathan initially came to the attention of the international fraternity at the 2013 FIFA u-17 World Cup in an offensively astonishing Brazil side whose offense he orchestrated as a trequartista ought to do. Brazil were the best overall side in the group stages in the UAE and with the attacking unit of then Atlético Paranaense teammate Mosquito, eventual tournament top scorer Gabriel Boschilia and the next great Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa working in tandem, the Samba boys danced their way to the quarter-finals where they lost out to a stubborn Mexico side 10-11 on penalties after a 1-1 draw; Mexico would go on to lose to the second best overall side in the competition, prior to the knockout stages, as the Kelechi Iheanacho led Golden Eaglets blazed their way to an astonishing 4th FIFA u-17 crown.

One day, a few seasons from now, we will be able to trace the birth of many future stars back to the U.A.E in the latter stages of 2013; including the aforementioned Brazilian wonderkids, there was the Uruguyan Franco Acosta who impressed enough to secure a move to Villarreal, superstar in the making Alen Halilović who now plays for FC Barcelona was leading the Croatian young stars while Canada showed that they can produce a gem or two with Jordan Hamilton putting in a great shift for his side upfront and the Mexican trio of goal getting winger Leonardo Suárez who signed for Villarreal on a long term deal, towering shot-stopper Raúl Gudiño who is currently on loan at F.C Porto from CD Guadalajara and is doing very well for in the B side while 18 year old Érick Aguirre continues to hold down a regular slot in the Morelia starting unit at right fullback. The Nigerian duo of the aforementioned Kelechi Iheanacho, who signed for Manchester City after winning the adidas Golden Ball and striker Success Issac who is currently on loan to Granada from Udinese after moving from his native Benin City while another promising African talent continues to make waves in football as Frank Kessié went on to be capped by the Ivory Coast at 17 and is now on loan to Atalanta from Stella Club in his native Ivory Coast; the short and lethal striker Tomáš Vestenický of Slovakia also impressed and saw his performances rewarded with a long-term loan move to AS Roma from FC Nitra while Swedish forward Gustav Engvali has continued his great run of form with solid shifts for IFK Göteborg while countless other players from that tournament have continually shown that there was a plethora of talented footballers on display in the U.A.E at the 2013 FIFA u-17 World Cup and we shall be watching them develop over the next few seasons.

Nathan seemed like one of the premier players of his generation at a tournament that brought together the best players in the world at his level, unfortunately for many, the pass master seemed to struggle adjusting to the playing level and culture at first team level and his struggles may have seen the club value him lower than they ought to and offer him less than he felt he deserved in a contract dispute that should have never materialised when one considers how proactive a side ought to be when it comes to dealing with top class young talents that could lead the club to on-field success or bring in a transfer fee that can build some off-the-field success too.

Nathan

Bio

Full Name: Nathan Allan de Souza

DoB: March 13th, 1996 (19)

PoB: Blumenau, Santa Catarina; Brazil

Caps & Goals: Brazil u/17 (5 Caps, 5 Goals), Brazil u/20 (14 Caps, 3 Goals)

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Deep-Lying Forward, Advanced Forward

Height: 1, 77m

Club: Atlético Paranaense (Joining Chelsea FC as of July 1st, 2015)

Club Jersey No: TBC

Club Appearances & Goals: 13 Games, 1 Assist

Development Academy: Atlético Paranaense

Transfer Fee: € 4,5m

Market Value: € 1m

GSV Deal Grader: Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool FC from Inter Milan (3/5)

Chelsea have stuck to their policy of paying decent fees for good young players with greater potential and loaning them out while thy continue their development and hopefully break into the first team side or sold on to a good club for a handsome profit; Nathan has been told that his fate will lie out on loan next season, but the lad would much rather be a Chelsea player out on loan somewhere at a decent club in a half-decent league than a promising player being blanked in the u/23 side at Atlético Paranaense. Chelsea know that they will be the ones laughing all the way to the bank after this is all said and done, they know that they have bought potential but they bought great potential at what should be considered a price floor for promising players and Bob’s your FC Rostov scarf waving dyadya mate.

GSV Hot List; The Tempestuous Tyroane Sandows

A Dream Led To This | Ty Sandows
A Dream Led To This | Ty Sandows
The South African Samba Boy | Ty Sandows
The South African Samba Boy | Ty Sandows

At GSV, we take the self allotted duty of enlightening our readers on all matters sports related very seriously, especially when it comes to informing the fraternity as a whole about the stars of the future that are on the rise as well as those that are already making a splash in the fraternity at a tender young age; we are proud to present to you the GSV Hot List, the most authoritative young African talent index in the entire football realm. The GSV Hot List is our selection of the best u/23 footballers in their positions, ranking the lads against their competitors and giving you some information on the player; we aim to ensure that you remain entertained, informed and enlightened while growing your knowledge base. This is the Mzansi football edition of the GSV Hot List, we will provide you with the quintessential player index of all the premier youth Mzansi football talent in the fraternity; the GSV Hot List is your one stop shop to all your Mzansi stars of the future.

#TheTalentScout

Ty Sandows

Bio

Full Name: Tyroane Joe Sandows

DoB: February 12th, 1995 (20)

PoB: Westbury, Johannesburg; Gauteng

Caps & Goals: N/A (SA u/20 International)

Position/s: Advanced Playmaker, Advanced Forward, Deep-Lying Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

Preferred Foot: Right

Height: 1, 70m

Club: Grêmio FBPA

Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2017

Development Academy: São Paulo

GSV Potential Indicator: Sibusiso Zuma (5/5)

The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)

Picture a Mzansi football genius, born with the attacking gifts given to some of the best of them from the South of Johannesburg; like Steven Pienaar and Keagan Dolly, Ty has been blessed with immaculate close control and the Velcro touch of a more deeper lying midfielder coupled off with custom fitted South American designed special features, skilled and creative with the license to thrill and the ability to amaze. Ty is that special kind of player that every offensive minded gaffer dreams of unleashing on the opposition, a skilled young lad with gas to burn and the technique to twist up the most rigid of defenders; there is no limit to the levels Ty can rise to as a footballer with his name destined to be mentioned among some of the most talented players to come out of the famed São Paulo Academy in years to come.

Westbury has herself yet another starlet worth displaying to the football loving world, a prodigy with the magical touch that makes the ball smile and the finishing ability we associate with a certain legendary striker that was birthed in Brazil. With globalization continuing to spread, South Africa could soon have more overseas developed young players with great potential to add to our national pool, how we treat cases like Ty’s could dictate how we grow with the rigours of modern football where you player management at national team level is now even more pivotal for the organic growth of a national side. We are at GSV are still thankful that the Shona Khona initiative has allowed us to broaden our minds when it comes to developing our players in other parts of the fraternity as those adopted traits becomes deadly when fused with our own indigenous abilities.

2015 IPL Team Profile; The Chimerical Chennai Super Kings

Buckle Up... | #Banter
Buckle Up… | #Banter
IPL 2015
IPL 2015

Chennai Super Kings

Bio

Founded: 2008

Owner: Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. (The India Cements Limited)

City: Chennai, Tamil Nadu; India

Home Ground: M.A. Chidambaram Stadium; Chepauk, Chennai (38 000)

IPL Titles: 2

CL T20 Titles: 2 (’10, ’14)

Best IPL Finish: Winners (’10, ’11)

Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Coach: Stephan Fleming

Highest Ranked T20 Batsman: Faf du Plessis (4th)

Highest Ranked T20 Bowler: Samuel Badree (1st)

Highest Ranked T20 All-Rounder: Dwayne Bravo (8th)

2014 IPL Record: 10-6 (Finished 3rd and qualified for the 2014 CT20))

2015 Squad

Batsmen

Name: Suresh Raina; Age: 28; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Break

Name: Mithun Manhas; Age: 35; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Break

Name: Faf du Plessis; Age: 30; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break

Name: Brendon McCullum; Age: 33; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium

Name: Michael Hussey; Age: 39; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium

All-Rounders

Name: Baba Aparajith; Age: 20; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Break

Name: Ravindra Jadeja; Age: 26; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Slow Left-Arm Orthodox

Name: Dwayne Bravo; Age: 31; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Dwayne Smith; Age: 32; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Irfan Pathan; Age: 30; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Left-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Andrew Tye; Age 28; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Fast-Medium-Fast

Wicketkeepers

Name: Eklavya Dwivedi; Age: 26; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: N/A

Name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni; Age: 33; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium

Name: Ankush Bains; Age: 19; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: N/A

Bowlers

Name: Pawan Negi; Age: 22; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Slow Left-Arm Orthodox

Name: Ishwar Pandey; Age: 25; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Mohit Sharma; Age: 26; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Pratyush Singh; Age: 20; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break Googly

Name: Matt Henry; Age: 23; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Left-Arm Fast-Medium

Name: Ronit More; Age: 23; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Rahul Sharma; Age: 28; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break Googly

Name: Ashish Nehra; Age: 36; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Left-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Samuel Badree; Age: 34; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break

Name: Kye Abbott; Age: 27; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Fast-Medium

Name: Ravichandran Ashwin; Age: 28; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Break

The Money List (Top 5 Highest Paid Players)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni ($ 2m)

Suresh Raina ($ 1.5m)

Ravindra Jadeja ($ 1.2m)

Ravichandran Ashwin ($ 870 000)

Faf du Plessis ($ 750 000)

The Grand Stand View

Today’s dead-rubber against the Kings XI Punjab is a game that epitomises just how good the Chennai Super Kings continue to be, yet another Playoff appearance in the bag already for a side that just does not know what it feels like to miss out on the Playoffs; yet their proud record is one that they earn with diligent work behind great ambition and leadership at all levels and it shows in the results. CSK are by far the best, most consistent and most well managed side in the competition yet again with their roster looking like it could take one most pundits World XI and beat them in time for an early evening walk on the town.

The confidence in the side continues to grow, yet the experience and maturity within the camp allows them to channel that positive energy in the right way and keep getting the results they need. While I wax lyrical about the Super Kings, they haven’t played their best cricket ever this time around, yet they have shown their class by wining tight games through their endeavour to win decisive moments in the field and change the complexion of a game in a matter of balls. They have that battle hardened nature of true champions and they have won games that other teams could have slipped up in, it’s that grit to get the job done that makes the Chennai Super Kings hot favourites to claim their third IPL crown once they actually hit their form.