New Summer Recruit – Wallace

Chelsea yesterday agreed their first signing of the January transfer window, for the 18-year-old Brazilian right-back Wallace who will remain on loan at his club Fluminense until the end of the season.

An attacking right-back, Wallace Oliveira dos Santos was born on May 1, 1994, and made his senior debut this year at the age of 17. He has since gone on to appear 18 times in the league for the first team, helping them to the Brazilian league championship, the Rio State League and the Guanabara Cup.

Wallace represented Brazil at the Under-17 level and was part of the Fluminense side that won the Brazilian title this season. He will link up with fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Lucas Piazon when he arrives at Stamford Bridge and face competition from the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic and maybe Paolo Ferreira for the right-back spot.

He is quick, very comfortable on the ball and loves to go forward down the right flank (reminds me of Jose Bosingwa!). He appears confident crossing with either foot and is not afraid to run at players.

The teenager will likely need some time to settle in England, but fans may allow themselves to contemplate the exciting thought of the Brazilian linking up with Eden Hazard down their right.

Who Is Wallace?

  • Wallace joined Fluminense aged 11 in 2005, having previously played at one of the club’s affiliated projects in Irajá, the area where he grew up. Since 2010, 40% of his economic rights have been owned by Chelsea, as part of the deal that returned Deco to Brazil.
  • The youngster spent a some of his youth career playing as an attacking midfielder, however he has always considered full-back to be his natural position. It is at right-back that he has made nearly all of his senior appearances, although occasionally deputising in the left full-back position.
  • In his early days at Fluminense, Wallace was often compared to the club’s former graduate Marcelo and was even given the same “Peixe” (fish) nickname. The club have a reputation for producing full-backs, with Manchester United’s Rafael and Fábio also having emerged from the Rio de Janeiro side’s academy in recent seasons.
  • The full-back is renowned for his pace and strength, as well as his attacking nature. Although he must still improve defensively, he has been playing well above his age level since he was 14 and made his senior debut aged just 17 in July 2011.

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