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Player Profile: Lucas Piazon

Gustavo Lucas Domingues Piazon, known in the football world as Lucas Piazon, is a Brazilian footballer, signed by Chelsea FC in early 2011 by means of a pre-contract from Brazilian club Sao Paolo. The transfer fee was £5 million, potentially rising to £10 million depending on playing clauses. As Piazon had yet to turn 18, he was not allowed to join the first team until his 18th birthday, but he joined in summer 2011 as part of the youth team. In his first full season in the youth setup, he was named Chelsea's Young Player of the Year and helped lead a youth team stacked with talent to the FA Youth Cup. During the 2012-13 season, Piazon was named to Chelsea's champions league squad (ahead of a certain Florent Malouda), and he played in several games for the first team, notably missing a penalty but notching an assist in the massacre that was Aston Villa at the Bridge. In January 2013 he was loaned out to Malaga, where he made eleven appearances, mostly off of the bench.

Piazon, though compared to Brazilian great Kaka due to his physical build and appearance, does not play like a typical Brazilian. While Kaka was a centre midfielder and provided a creative link between the strikers and the defense, Piazon is more of a Rooney esque player, drifting around the forward line and scoring while also providing. Like Rooney and Van Persie, Piazon is not fast and therefore relies on his first touch, excellent forward runs, and remarkable passing to contribute goals and assists.

At this point in his career, it is likely that Chelsea will loan him out, though Piazon himself has said that he wants a premier league move. In that case, I could see him headed to any of the three promoted teams, as well as a handful of the relegation battlers of last season. Bolton, though not in the premier league at this time, demonstrated the power of loaning from the top tier to guarantee relegation avoidance during the season in which they loaned in Wilshire for the first half and Sturridge for the second half. It would not surprise me to see Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Norwich, or Southhampton go for Piazon. Piazon may be ready in a couple of years to join the first team, though I would tentatively say that he may never become a first eleven starter as we have Oscar (21), Hazard (22), Scurrle (22), and Mata (25) to cover that position for a long time to come.

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