Arsenal managed to get their first new signing in the 2021 summer transfer market. The player plays as a left-back to layer Kieran Tierney and he comes from Benfica.
Nuno Tavares (21 years old) was brought in from Benfica with a price tag of 10 million euros and a long-term contract. Mikel Arteta, managerArsenalwelcome his arrival.
"He is a promising young player who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his qualities by being part of Portugal's Under-21s," said Mikel Arteta.
"The arrival of Nuno will give the squad extra strength and options in defense, especially with this energy on the left side of the pitch. We look forward to Nuno's arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters."
Tavares was recruited to layer as well as a competitive competitor for Tierney for the left-back position, especially as Arsenal anticipated the potential departure of Sead Kolasinac.
Here BolaSkor.com outlines the things you need to know about Arsenal's new left-back, Nuno Tavares:
1. Academy Career
Benfica promoted Nuno Tavares in 2019 but previously Nuno Tavares was at the Casa Pia academy, Sporting Lisbon, before going to Benfica in 2015. Three years with rival teams developed Tavares' talent.
In 2015 Benfica's academy recruited Tavares and he gradually progressed into the first team.
2. Versatile Player
Tavares' position is left-back but like a modern footballer, he can play in many defensive positions. At an ideal height of six feet, Tavares can also play at center-back and excels in aerial duels.
With his attack-building abilities, as well as his pace, Tavares can also play as a left-back or right-wing defender equally well.
In addition to having a tall stature, Tavares has a balance from the defensive and offensive sides. Statistics from Wyscout recorded an average dribble of 5.9 per 90 minutes with an average success of 63 percent.
Meanwhile, from the defensive side, he recorded 9.16 duels for the ball and won it as much as 60.6 percent. At the age of 21 Tavares can be an asset to Arsenal.
4. Continuing the Benfica Academy Product Tradition
It's no secret that Benfica's academy is one of the best in Europe. Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Ederson, Joao Cancelo, to Joao Felix came from the Benfica academy and Nuno Tavares was one of them.
The academy alumni have shown that they have successfully developed and are now making careers at Europe's top clubs. Tavares can do the same.
5. International Career
Nuno Tavares has talent and is developing it slowly on an international level. Tavares has strengthened the young age of the Portugal national team from U-18, U-19, to U-21.
Tavares has appeared 22 times for Portugal U-18 and U-19 before stepping into U-21 in 2019. Portugal senior national team Fernando Santos continues to monitor him and in Tavares' position now, there are Nuno Mendes and Raphael Guerreiro.