Real Madrid secured the services of Endrick Felipe, a 16-year-old Brazilian forward, who is a rising star in football. The club invested up to €60m in the teenager, who is the future of Real Madrid’s attack. He has recently come under scrutiny for his lack of goals at Palmeiras. However, his former coach Paulo Victor believes he will overcome this mental block and continue to develop as a player.
Endrick Felipe, despite being heavily criticised for his scoring drought in Brazil, received support from former coach Paulo Victor. Victor backed him to overcome his mental block. The 16-year-old has yet to score in the 12 games he played for Palmeiras, leading to his drop to the bench by manager Abel Ferreira. However, Palmeiras’ under-20s coach Victor emphasized that Endrick is not putting too much pressure on himself.
“No, it’s a part of his personality as a footballer, it’s a mentality of never being comfortable. A fighting mentality, of always wanting more, be it for an individual movement or for the team as a whole. We work like this here, we want more.”
How did Endrick Felipe create a lasting impression on Victor?
Victor also shared how his first impression of Endrick left a lasting impact on him.
“The first impression was magnificent, he is a special player, different. Apart from the physical and technical and tactical condition, he is a player with a great daily routine; works hard and spends a lot of time on its development; He is an extroverted player, he has a great capacity for interpersonal relationships and this adds a lot of value to him. Endrick is special, he is connected to the goal, he looks for it a lot. He has the capacity to act as a single forward, with two forwards, coming from outside to in. He is a very complete player for the offensive phase of the team.”
“The capacity to finish, he is always very well positioned, positioned, with his body well adjusted to finish the play. He has a spectacular finishing ability and connection with the goal. Also the acceleration that he has, the power, the strength.”
Can Endrick prosper at Real Madrid?
According to Victor, he received a great impression with Endrick from the moment he saw him play. Also, he even compared him to the legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazario. Victor also expressed confidence that Endrick would be able to handle the pressure of playing for Real Madrid despite his young age.
“I think he is very capable of handling emotions and feelings well. A very mentally balanced player, he plays any type of match in the same way, I am sure that he will know how to handle emotional and mental situations well in the same way.”
Endrick’s move to Real Madrid is on July 2024, when he turns 18. With the significant fee invested, there will be high expectations for the Brazilian youngster. However, Victor’s assessment of him as a player and his mental strength suggests that Real Madrid have made a wise investment.
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