Fulham striker Orlando Sa has finally broken his goal drought on Saturday when he scored Fulham’s goal in the team’s 1-1 draw against Norwich. Sa was given the number nine jersey, a number that typically represents the goal-getter in the team, at the beginning of the season, but had yet to score this season up until yesterday. The goal surely comes as a relief to not only the player, but also Fulham boss Martin Jol. Orlando Sa was touted to be a star during his days at Braga, but injuries and an ill-advised move to Porto have stalled his development since then. His talent is undeniable, however, as is evidenced with his expertly taken goal.
Fulham’s new number 9, Orlando Sa, made his debut in a Carling Cup clash with English giants Chelsea, which Fulham lost on penalties. Orlando Sa was handed a starting spot alongside Bryan Ruiz up front, and did not disappoint. Orlando Sa showed great control and movement throughout the game. It appears that the forward has formed a great partnership with Bryan Ruiz, which will certainly pay dividends in the future. Goal.com gave Sa a 7.5/10 rating, one of the highest of the game. Orlando Sa has surprisingly been given the number 9 shirt ahead of the likes of Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele, which certainly shows the faith that Fulham coach Martin Jol has in the striker.
Porto to Fulham
Fulham FC have announced, via their website, the signing of none other than Orlando Sa. The Porto striker has found life quite hard at F.C. Porto, where he played for two seasons. Sa started off his career at Braga, rising up through the youth ranks. Soon after he was promoted into the first team at Braga, he earned his first call-up to the Portuguese Under-21 team. Orlando Sa really came of age during a U-21 friendly match against Spain. The striker, who was virtually unknown, scored an impressive hat-trick to help seal the 4-1 thumping. The scoring did not stop there however. Sa brought the scoring back to Braga, and though he was not nearly as prolific, he was making headlines. His performances both for Braga and the Portuguese Under-21 team were impressive enough for Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz to call him up to the Portuguese National team for a friendly against Finland. Sa was substituted on in the second half and won a penalty for his team. A number of clubs were soon interested in acquiring his services, most notably Chelsea, but F.C. Porto swooped in and sealed the deal in June of 2009. Sa has since found playing time hard to come by, only grabbing minutes away from Porto, on loan at Nacional.
This may prove to be a big step in Orlando Sa’s career. Aged just 23, the strike still has a career ahead of him. Whether that career is successful or not remains to be seen, although his body build is suitable to the Premier League.
“I am happy to have completed my transfer to Fulham and the Premier League today.
“This is an enormous opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to joining the team and entering the next phase of my development.
“It’s a wonderful challenge for me and I am keen to bring my qualities to Fulham and the Premier League.”
Vitoria Setubal attacking midfielder Zeca is reportedly a target for English Premiership side Fulham. A representative from the English club was supposedly in the stands at the game against Sporting on Monday, checking out the 22 year-old. Zeca has been in fine form this season, most notably capped with a goal against Sporting in the cup. It’s not just Fulham. Other unnamed clubs have joined the race for his signature.
Sporting forward Yannick Djalo,who is reportedly unhappy with his situation at Sporting, is being tracked by a host of English clubs. Yannick, as he is called, was supposedly very close to a move to Tottenham in the summer, but the move never materialized. Genoa, more recently, were said to be interested in the 24 year-old. Reports suggest that Tottenham, Fulham, and Everton are now in a race for his signature. These reports also suggest that these clubs are much more interested now than they were during the summer, so a move may be more likely.
News keeps pouring in from across Portugal regarding transfer rumors for the next transfer window. Here’s the latest:
Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida is apparently in negotiations with Valencia over a proposed transfer to the Mestalla this January. Almeida, whose contract expires in January, is the ideal target for the Spanish club, who is in need of strikers. Valencia officials hope to get Almeida on a free transfer.
Let’s see…First Bayern, then Liverpool, then Chelsea, then A.C. Milan, now Barcelona. It’s no wonder that these big clubs are following the winger given his performances for Benfica and Portugal. Just think… A year and a half ago, Coentrao was a doubt to even make the Benfica first team. Now, he is a starter for the Portuguese National Team and one of Benfica’s key players. Coentrao, however, is not prepared to leave.
Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder Joao Ribeiro, who was recently called up to the National Team, is on Fulham’s wish-list. Ribeiro has been in top form for Guimaraes, and it has apparently not gone unnoticed. The midfielder is thought to be valued at around 4.5 million euros, a price that Fulham is willing to pay. Ribeiro was bought for free from Academica this summer, so a 4.5 million dollar profit doesn’t sound too bad, does it? CSKA is also apparently chasing the 22 year-old. No more information on that bit, unfortunately.