Pedro Gonçalves caught the eye once again as he put Borussia Dortmund to the sword on Wednesday. Liverpool surely have eyes on the player.
And that was understandable. ‘Pote’ was incredible for Sporting last season, scoring 23 times as they won their first league title in two decades.
More incredibly, Pote isn’t actually a striker. He operates as an attacking midfielder or winger, drifting into space and finding goals that way.
We’ve said before that he’s a great fit for Liverpool but, as is always the case, there’s always the worry that he’s a flash in the pan. Players are capable of shining one season and then falling apart the next.
Fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Pedro Gonçalves shines vs Dortmund
Sporting took on Dortmund on Wednesday evening, knowing that a win by two goals put them through in the Champions League. Up stepped Pote to put them on their way.
His first goal came as a real poacher’s effort. He took advantage of some poor defending to latch onto a loose ball – a simple finish followed.
Then Pote really took things to another level. He scored a second soon afterwards, thundering a long-range shot into the net that looked simply unstoppable.
That’s his fifth goal in three games and an eighth of the season so far. It also set Sporting up for a 3-1 win and progression to the next round.
It was an eye-catching display of goalscoring that will alert teams around Europe. After all, here is a 23-year-old shining in the Champions League after delivering a league title the previous campaign. Gonçalves is the kind of player you bank on.
He reportedly has a release clause of around £67m, per A Bola, which could end up looking like a really good price. If he continues to perform like this, someone will pay it. Potentially, Liverpool.