Andreas Pereira has sent a big statement to Jose Mourinho by scoring a sensational first goal for Valencia during a thumping 6-3 away win over Real Betis on Sunday night.
The 21-year-old, who enjoyed a strong loan spell with Granada last season, joined Los Che on deadline day despite Mourinho’s desire to keep him at the club.
But his decision to work under new boss Marcelino has been so far vindicated, making six appearances so far for a Valencia side now just two points behind Real Madrid following a confident start to the season.
And with Valencia bursting with attacking impetus late on against Betis, Pereira unleashed an unstoppable angled drive into the top corner to give the visitors their sixth goal of the evening.
This, I’m sure, is what Pereira had in mind. The invitation to move back to a league where he produced his best football last season and play for a team brimming with young, sprightly attacking talent – determined to shake off the inertia of recent times – was too good to refuse for a man who, at the moment, just wants minutes under his belt.
And he will receive exactly that if he continues to display the same ruthlessness and precision on the left hand side.