Not a whole lot is known about the 21-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder, but Spurs fans on BBC’s 606 tell me that he is a deep midfielder who likes to get stuck in and can also join the attack. Others hope he will be a Wilson Palacios with a better ability to pass, do the Lilywhites need more solidarity in their midfield and can the Brazilian be the man to provide it?
At 6’1 1/2” in height the player has a commanding presence and seems more than likely to be able to withstand the physical nature of the Premier League, he is also known for his tackling ability and high levels of stamina.
Sandro came through the youth ranks at Brazilian club Internacional and broke into the first team last season and has over 30 appearances, with one goal to his name. He’s also thought very highly of by Brazil coach Dunga, who selected Sandro as one of his seven backup players for the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to kick off in South Africa next month. But he has only one international cap to his name so far which he picked up coming on as a sub against Chile in a World Cup qualifier back in September 2009.
The White Hart Lane faithful could have seen the youngster a lot sooner had there not been problems with a work permit when they originally tried to sign him in August 2009, but they finally got their man (he would of endeared himself to the fans already with his preference for Spurs over bitter north London rivals Arsenal) and he will be the first to make the switch to north London since Tottenham entered a partnership with Internacional. The partnership could be an exciting one as stars such as Inter Milan’s Lucio and AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato both started their careers at the Brazilian club.
Speaking of the new partnership Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “This co-operation between our two clubs, which will see an exchange of coaching methodologies as well as exchange visits, means that we shall be able to effect the placement and development of players from Brazil and South America with both ourselves or other European Leagues.”
Sandro seems a level headed youngster and is reportedly going to see a psychologist to help ease his transition in lifestyle from Brazil to London as he does not want struggle to settle down like some of his countrymen have in the past. It is also thought that Spurs’ Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes could help the player adapt to life in the Premier League.
The midfielder has previously described the north London club as a “great fit” for him, but where exactly will the player fit into the current Spurs XI, or will he be backup?
After a good season it is unlikely that he will usurp Tom Huddlestone of his place, which leaves Palacios as the man who would likely have to make way should Sandro break into the first team. Speaking to a few Spurs fans on here and in forums like 606 many seem to be a little split on the Honduran Palacios. Some fans are even contemplating his sale, whilst others willing to stay loyal to their combatant midfielder.
With Champions League football in the offing the club may need extra bodies in order to compete on more than just the domestic front, with Sandro providing any extra steel if needed. It is set to be an interesting summer for the club as the right to play alongside Europe’s elite has arguably made it easier to not only hold onto the best of their talent, but to add extra quality to it too.
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