Is Renato Sanches destined to fail at Swansea City?

Young Renato Sanches successfully set the world alight whilst operating for Portugal at Euro 2016. The up and coming midfielder looked strong, capable in possession and somewhat threatening in front of goal throughout the entire tournament, subsequently capturing the widespread attention of Europe’s elite.

 

Bayern Munich eventually sought to land the now 20-year-old international, despite his largely untested nature and all-round lack of major experience. €35 million seemed like a rather steep asking price for the former Benfica man – but hey, that’s how it seemingly goes these days when you’re trying to source the very best young talent on the continent.

 

 

Now however, after being rather unceremoniously cast aside in Germany and pushed down the pecking order upon the international scene with Portugal, Renato Sanches currently finds himself operating down at the Liberty Stadium on a season-long loan. It was a move that few admittedly saw coming, a last minute transfer deal that sent initial waves of jealousy and envy across certain quarters of the English top-flight.

 

But despite the early sense of hype and sensation surrounding the young midfielder, the former Benfica and Bayern Munich man has so far failed to impress throughout the Premier League. He suddenly seems rather indecisive with the ball at his feet, a tad ineffective inside the final third and somewhat ill-equipped for the ongoing trials and tribulations of the English game.

 

 

Far from representing the tenacious rip-roaring talent we all thought he’d be, Renato Sanches has disappointed the Liberty Stadium faithful for the most part. The Portuguese international will likely develop into a quick and tenacious player one day – but so far down in South Wales, the €35 million rated youngster has looked lightweight and fruitless.

 

In the eyes of some, the on-loan Bayern Munich man symbolizes something of a modern day charlatan, an expensive fraud who arguably lacks what it takes to make a real success of himself among the upper echelons of European football. His decision making has been far from perfection, as has his passing, positional play and inadequate output from the set-piece scenario.

 

 

Swansea City reportedly paid close to £8.5 million to secure the midfielder’s short-term loan spell at their club, a seemingly risky decision looking back in hindsight – for although big things were once expected of this young Portuguese international, Sanches has simply failed to build upon his early potential ever since first staking a real claim for himself at Euro 2016.

 

Yet maybe there are greater issues currently at play here. For all of Renato Sanches’ individual failings since introducing himself among the English top-flight, Swansea City are a side close to crisis right in the here and now. The Swans seemingly lack genuine quality all across the park this year, which doesn’t exactly provide the ideal growing environment in which young talents like Sanches could thrive.

 

 

On one hand Swansea are dying for someone to step up and help lift them away from their current plight, yet on the other, perhaps Paul Clement is asking too much of his recently acquired youngster. Had Renato Sanches been implemented among a squad already well-versed in the art of Premier League survival, perhaps things would have been different down in South Wales throughout this early part of the season.

 

As the former ‘Golden Boy’ winner is still relatively young with a great deal of promise on his side this term however, perhaps both he and Swansea City could soon serve to turn things around. Maybe it’s only a matter of time before Renato Sanches begins to show some real signs of improvement whilst playing at the Liberty Stadium.

 

 

But until those all-important signs of improvement begin to rear themselves to the forefront, Swansea City are seemingly destined to struggle among the English top-flight for quite some time to come, with the club’s once highly treasured top-flight status seemingly hanging in the balance.