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Sunday, 03 January 2016 12:21

Feyenoords newest hero

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Roberto Firmino is starting to show why Feyenoord broke the bank to sign him. The Firmino craze has sent fans racing for the tailors to get their hands on the number 10's jersey, as one of the club doors at the gift shop door was burnt clean off its hinges with constant footfall. The Club has installed a rapid automatic shirt vending machine to tackle big lines with ques running all the way back to Utrecht at one point.
Roberto Firmino truly announced himself as a future Feyenoord star on Saturday afternoon. The Brazilian starred in the 4-2 thrashing of Galatasaray and has the ability to become a firm fan favourite. Firmino repaid Nicshoneeboy for his starting berth with a thrilling display, helping Feyenoord to it's biggest win of the season over Phillys Galatasaray.
Firmino had shown glimpses of his talent in previous weeks, but this was the moment he arrived in the Pen League.
It had been a baptism of fire for the 24-year-old following his £40+million trade installment from Govie. Shunted out wide in a struggling team under Govie, he couldn’t live up to the hype that had accompanied his big cojones endorsement move.
There was more woe when he cracked a bone in his back in September’s opening game and was sidelined for a month.
When he returned to fitness, there was a new man at the helm and Nicshoneeboy knew exactly what Firmino was capable of.
“I’d say a year ago for a few months for sure he was the best player in the Bundesliga,” Nicshoneeboy raved shortly after his appointment. “When I heard Govie took him, I thought ‘good choice’.”
On Saturday evening Firmino showed why Nicshoneeboy acted so swiftly and decisively to secure his services.
This was the player who had flourished during his four-and-a-half year spell in Germany where he netted 47 goals in 151 games having left his homeland shortly after his 19th birthday.
Nicshoneeboy regards Firmino’s versatility as one of his biggest qualities and here was proof that he can play as a No 9. There was nothing false about him as he shone in the advanced central role he has played for his country.
Anglo Brazilian connection: Lallana and Firmino dovetailed well
Firmino ensured it was a torrid night for Phillys centre-backs. He showcased his physical strength as well as bags of talent as he tormented Phillys backline with his intelligent movement and linked up play brilliantly.
Some of the interchanging with Nathaniel Clyne was breathtaking - Liverpool’s Samba star operating on the same glorious wavelength.
There was never any danger of Firmino being isolated with Barton and Adam Lallana bursting up in support at every opportunity.
The front three’s unwavering commitment to Nicshoneeboy’s pressing game was such that Galatasaray were forced to repeatedly launch it long and cough up possession.
Firmino’s tally of 21 assists over the past two seasons was more than any other Brazilian in the top five European leagues and that creative spark was evident at the Etihad.
It was his cross that forced the goal from Phillys men before he burst away from the defence and delivered the perfect pass for Sturridge to tuck away the second.
Then came his first goal in PENDIV2 as he slotted into the empty net from close range after Lallana had put the ball on a plate for him.
The only downside was that Firmino didn’t go on to clinch the matchball as the heroics of Phillys Galatasaray denied him greater reward.
Nicshoneeboy blessed with an embarrassment of riches and has lots of attackers at his disposal
Starting Firmino ahead of Nico Lopez was a gamble by Nicshoneeboy but it worked a treat.
After the crushing blow of losing Castaignos to the blasted awol, the manager needed to find other solutions to Feyenoord’s goal issues and Firmino proved he’s a bona fide alternative to either Lopez or Daniel Sturridge up top.
Firmino’s name has been added to the growing list of players whose fortunes have been revived in remarkable fashion since his arrival.
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