Last week, it was confirmed that Benfica’s Portuguese striker, Nelson Oliveira will be joining the Swansea squad on loan for the remainder of the season. The 23 year old has only appeared twice this season for Benfica and could enjoy some great gametime moving to the English league. But why is Swansea the perfect team for him?
Everyone benefits working under a fantastic player and at just 23, Nelson Oliveira still has several years to hit his prime and there is no doubt that working with Bony at Swansea will be perfect. Since joining the Swans, the Ivorian has enjoyed a goal scoring rate of a goal every other game and is currently performing as one of the top strikers in England.
With both Nelson and Bony standing tall at six foot, Nelson Oliveira could nudge off Gomis to take over as lead striker as Bony will travel with the Ivorian side to participate in the African Cup of Nations and will allow the Swansea side to help him settle right into their side, providing a similar style of play that of Bony.
Swansea Style of Play
With great physical presence, there is certainly a similarity between Nelson and Bony and with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson playmaking and the pace of Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Jefferson Montero, Swansea offer him a similar style of direct attacking and passing as seen in the current Benfica squad.
The demand for a clinical striker to lead the Swansea side with great airial ability and fantastic technique on the ball, it is Nelson Oliveira’s chance to prove his worth, not only to Benfica but also Portugal as Benfica currently suffering from an on and off form Lima and Portugal have struggled with finding the right striker since Nuno Gomes and Pauleta. Nelson Oliveira could kick start his career again after taking a heavy halt.
English Premier League
One of the biggest and most popular leagues in the world and there’s a reason for that. The move to the English league will provide incredible experience for the Portuguese striker as he will come up against some of the best defenders in the league and will certainly look to to prove himself to Jorge Jesus who time and again looks to disregard him.
With the demand of a pacey and powerful player, it is very likely that Nelson will fit in, seen when he got rare gametime this season for Benfica against Leverkusen in the Champions League, coming off the bench and added a more direct style of play, challenging defenders and playing well with his back towards goal.