Benfica forward Anderson Talisca admits he’d love to play under Jose Mourinho

by Leo Nieboer

Benfica forward Anderson Talisca has expressed his desire to play under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, noting that he enjoys a strong relationship with the Portuguese.

The 23-year-old joined the Portuguese champions in 2014 and spent last season on loan at Besiktas, claiming 17 goals in 33 games.

Former Bahia co-ordinator Newton Mota has likened the Brazilian’s style to that of former Barcelona and AC Milan forward Rivaldo.

And Talisca has admitted that he wouldn’t turn down a chance to play under Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Talisca’s loan spell at Besiktas provided an inkling of what he could inflict on opponents with more game time. He is, like most Brazilian forwards, a mazy influence on the ball and poses a physical threat when he gets on the move, mixing powerful momentum with an eye for craft as well.

That said, questions ought be asked over why he was loaned out by Benfica in the first place. His record with the Portuguese champions – 20 goals from 76 games against significantly weaker opposition compared to what he would experience in the Premier League – suggests he still lacks that crucial potency in the final third that Mourinho will insist upon this summer.

Mourinho will also demand an indefatigable work rate from any incomer this summer, and the consensus in Portugal states quite clearly that Talisca needs to produce much more in that department before he breaches the Benfica starting XI – let alone Mourinho’s attacking line-up.

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