Jeremy Sarmiento: The Charlton rookie has joined Benfica’s English revolution in Lisbon
FROM South London to Lisbon, it’s been a hell of a journey for Jeremy Sarmiento.
Only 16, he made the brave move to swap Charlton Athletic for Benfica last week.
In doing so, Sarmiento joined former Arsenal starlet Chris Willock, 20, at the Estádio da Luz to continues his footballing education.
It’s a trend that British footballers are following in search of much-needed first team action.
And, if the reviews of Sarmiento’s game are to be believed, it won’t be long before he’s starting for the Águias.
The attacking player operated on the wing for Addicks youth teams, even featuring in their Under 23 side last term.
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Coaches held the slight prospect in high regard, expecting him to have the quality to deliver in that famed number ten role.
In fact Steve Avory, Charlton’s academy manager, called Sarmiento “an exciting player … a wide forward, rather than a winger.”
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He is lightning quick with the ball at his feet and technically very gifted.
Domestically he was linked to Man City, but he’s chosen to try his arm in Portugal.
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And he shouldn’t have a problem dealing with the hot climate.
Born in Madrid to Ecuadorian parents, the England Under 16 international moved to London when he was 7.
Torn between representing the Three Lions and his parents’ country, he has played for Ecuador’s Under 15s.
Should Sarmiento impress in Portugal, there will surely be a clamour for him to be considered for selection for Selecção das Quinas, if he adopts Portuguese citizenship, of course.
But time will well, if the young lad has the temperament and will to make it at the highest level.