A trip to visit friends in Chandlers Ford this weekend presented me with the mouth water opportunity to watch the Albion’s development squad take on Guy Butters Winchester side in a friendly but more importantly gave me the opportunity to cast my eye on Brazilian trailist Raphael Rossi Branco.
According to last Thursday’s Argus Gus Poyet is keen to bring the lanky defender in providing he can get an Italian passport so a work permit will not be required.
So what do we know about Raffa?
Not a great amount. A Google search doesn’t bring up much info on him other than a show real video on youtube presumably put together by his agent.
Impressive stuff reminiscent of Rio Ferdinand I think you’ll agree.
If you cast your minds back you may recall another South American flair signing in 2005 when Argentinean Federico Turienzo arrived for just £150,000 after 1 game on trial against Lewes and a video put together by his agent. Let’s hope things pan out differently this time….
So onto Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wessex League Premier Division outfit Winchester. Guy Butters non league side play at the equitant level of the Sussex Country League Division 1 and provided a young Albion side a decent run out.
Albion development squad were without Steve Cook, Grant Hall, Toby Agdestein and Yaser Kasim who were all in Portugal with the first team squad and as a result lacked a bit of cutting edge, but it was good to see Gus’s passing philosophy was still on show.
If coming from Brazil isn’t enough to convince Gus to sign him up then on the evidence of this performance Raffa would be a good signing. Good on the ball, aggressive in the tackle and good in the air.
The only negatives to his performance seemed to be his inability to communicate with his team mates which left him standing around pointing at times. He also left the defence a bit open with a 50 yard run forward from the back which although exciting to watch could prove costly in more important games.
A good signing for the development squad and someone who under Gus and the clubs coaches will only improve.