Thursday 17 January 2019

Sanches can be star

Renato Sanches
Renato Sanches

Carlos Carvalhal starts his Swansea stewardship determined to resurrect the career of countryman Renato Sanches.

Portugal star Sanches has looked a lost soul since making his surprise season-long loan move from Bayern Munich in August, failing to score or provide an assist in 11 Swansea appearances.

Sanches has not started a game since November 29, when he was ridiculed for passing a ball into an advertising hoarding at Chelsea with no Swans player in close attendance. But Carvalhal believes Sanches - who was named the best young player at Euro 2016 and cost Bayern E35million when he joined them from Benfica after Portugal had won that tournament - will prove himself at Swansea under his management.

"I think he (Sanches) needs confidence," Carvalhal said, ahead of his Swansea bow at Watford.

"It is easy to forget because he has played for Benfica and the Portuguese national team that he is still only a kid."

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