Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ricardo Vaz Te

This Portugese youngster (still only 23) was released by Bolton this week after 7 injury-filled seasons at the club. He showed flashes of brilliance early on, most notably when scoring a late equalizer against Guimares of Portugal in the UEFA Cup.

Ricardo really missed his chance to blossom going into the 2006-2007 season. He started the final 5 matches of 2005-2006, scoring 4 goals in that stretch and always looking dangerous. He scored several goals in preseason and looked ready to really establish himself alongside Kevin Davies and El-Hadj Diouf in a very strong attacking front line. But then Bolton bought Nicolas Anelka. And that was it. Vaz Te also had two major knee injuries, which robbed him of some of his pace.

I really believe he could have been a special player, if only he had been given the opportunities on the pitch. I wish him only the best of luck. He will probably go back to Portugal, and who knows, maybe he can find some success there.

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