Pedro Goncalves has gone from Wolves reserves to Sporting Lisbon’s title hero and Champions League goalscorer

Pedro Goncalves has waited longer than he might have hoped to face English opposition again.

The star of Sporting’s title win in Portugal last season takes the field against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday evening in Lisbon hoping that his team can take a result back to the Etihad Stadium next month.

His previous three starts in club football in England came on rather less grand stages back in 2018. There were 874 souls at Glanford Park to see him play against Scunthorpe. At Field Mill, 1112 saw him against Mansfield, while 2723 made it to Lincoln’s Sincil Bank.

Back then, Goncalves – known as Pote – was playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ development team in what was then known as the Checkatrade Trophy. The coach of that team is the now Forest Green Rovers manager Rob Edwards.

“I think he is an absolute diamond,” Edwards tells Sky Sports. “He is a brilliant young man. And, wow, he is doing great. I am so proud of him and so pleased for him.”

His old boss still likes to send a congratulatory text after a particularly eye-catching performance or notable achievement. “So I send him texts quite often,” laughs Edwards.

Upon leaving Wolves in search of first-team football in the summer of 2019, Pote had such an impact in Portugal at newly-promoted Famalicao – they were top in late October – that he earned himself a move to Sporting.

Source :Sky Sports

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