Monday, May 18, 2020

Benfica academy players that could debut with main squad when league resumes

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With the Portuguese league set to resume on June 4 and with FIFA having approved that a league may use up to five substitutes per game to close off the season, Benfica academy players could see their first set of action with the main club before seasons end.

We take a look at the most likely candidates that could make their debuts when the resumes.

Academy Players:

Tiago Dantas- Dantas made his first team appearance in the League Cup this season but has yet to play a league game for the main club, the talented 19 year old midfielder has been in the Benfica system since 2008.

Goncalo Ramos- The 18 year old striker has moved up the charts into one of the clubs better academy players and has been with the club since 2013, Ramos could add a Joao Felix type of play to the clubs attack.

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Morato- The 18 year old center back looks to be the next in line to follow the footsteps of recent academy players who take a starting role with the club in the future. Morato joined the academy this past summer and has made one appearance in the League Cup.

Rafael Brito- Another 18 year old that has been with the academy since 2010, Brito is a defensive midfielder in the mold of current academy player Florentino Luis and is a key member of Benfica's UEFA Youth Team. 

Paulo Bernardo- The 18 year old midfielder is one of the clubs top academy players and has the attention of some of Europe's bigger clubs. Bernardo has been with the academy since 2010.

Umaro Embalo- (Honourable Mention) The talented 19 year old winger is currently injured and will not get his chance to make his main squad debut this season.

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