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Sunday, 25 September 2011 22:01

PortuGOAL exclusive
Exclusive interveiw: Joao Silva patiently waiting for his big break

Joao SilvaU21 striker does not rule out move to Portugal

Joao Silva is a rarity in Portuguese football. A direct no-nonsense striker with an unfussy style when the opposition net is within his sights.

Despite being on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat to Sporting yesterday, Silva had one shot headed off the line, forced Rui Patricio into a flying save and was unlucky to lose his footing after engineering a clear opening for himself.

In short, Silva displayed the talent that has been in evidence in Portugal on loan periods at Uniao de Leiria and Vitoria Setubal this calendar year, not to mention his magnificent debut season at Desportivo das Aves. The same talent that has convinced many he is the future of the Portugal national team. PortuGOAL caught up with Silva after yesterday's match.

What are your ambitions at Vitoria this season?
"I arrived at Vitoria with the ambition of helping the club and scoring as many goals as possible. The season started well, I managed to score two goals in the first two games, the team's been playing well. Today it was difficult, playing against a team that is growing. It was difficult to get points here and unfortunately we didn't. Now we have to work hard to make sure we're ready for the next game at home against Rio Ave, which we have to win.

"I know I've got a season ahead of me in the Portuguese top flight to play well and score goals. I'm sure that everyone at Everton is alive to my performances, and that's important for me. When I left Everton we reached an agreement because I'm a young player but I need to play. I need to get my match rhythm, I need to gain maturity, and without playing that's difficult, so we agreed that going out on loan would be a good option. Now I hope things go well for me and that David Moyes is attentive so that one day I am called again and I get my opportunity, which I haven't had yet.

If a big club in Portugal came in for you, would you be interested in a move?
"Of course, if a big club in Portugal came in for me, it would be an option to consider, and I'd have to see who offered the best conditions and then think about it. Everton are a big club, but I need opportunities and a club that has confidence in me and gives me opportunities."

You are frequently seen as a great future hope for the Seleccao. Does this put added pressure on you or do you look at it as extra motivation?
"Given that there are few Portuguese strikers - or at least they say there are few - it's a big ambition of mine and I put all my effort into trying to show my qualities to those in charge at the Portuguese Football Federation so that one day I can have my chance. I know it's very difficult, the bar is very high at that level and it calls for a lot of hard work. I've been called up for the U21s and I want to continue being called up for the U21s, so I can show what I can do at that level and one day be called up into the senior team."

by Tom Kundert

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Comments (4)
Joao Silva
4 Monday, 26 September 2011 16:37
send him home Dessie (Tom) we need him
Good Interview Gentlemen
3 Monday, 26 September 2011 13:35
I was looking over his stats last season with Leiria. Going by them alone he seemed to get better due to 3 of his 4 goals coming in thel ast two games.
It's good see another Portuguese developing, especially at striker.

The funny thing is that Everton is in need of scoring, so should he continue to do well, he'll most likely go back come January.
Wish him the best wherever he goes.

On side note in regards to him staying in Portugal, it's kind of ironic that Porto, and I would even say Benfica and Sporting could use him. Not a bad kid to develop and sell off, but the problem being he has already been sold off.
silva
2 Monday, 26 September 2011 02:12
Watching the Sporting game, I can see how this kid can impact our national team. He did not have many chances but he looked dangerous when he had his half chances. There have been many strikers we have been praying to mature lets hope joao can step up for Portugal, I know I'll be rooting for him!
Well done
1 Monday, 26 September 2011 00:11
Great article Tom. I hoping Joao becomes the great player we all want him to be.

Do anybody have any updates with Hugo, Fabio, and Pepe's injuries?

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