‘Great to see’: Cedric Soares shares what he's already noticed about Fabio Vieira in Arsenal training
Vieira has moved from Porto to the Emirates Stadium this summer and his pre-season has been interrupted by a minor foot injury.
Speaking to ESPN, Cedric said that the Portuguese midfielder is an intelligent player and says he has no doubts he will adjust well to the Premier League.
That is despite his lack of experience of English football and slight frame, which have been problematic for other imports at various clubs down the years.
Cedric backs Fabio Vieira
“He has a similar mentality to me, which is great to see. I’m helping him to settle. Fabio is a very intelligent player from what I saw in Portugal. I never played with him but from what I saw, analysing games and watching his performances, he had a really good season. He has fantastic quality. He is a technical player with quality and ability,” said Cedric.
“He has a lot of vision for the last pass as well. This quality that you look a lot for in the players, I think Fabio has got it. I am sure he will adapt quick, he is intelligent you know? When you are not physically the strongest, you need to be smart in the Premier League. I am sure he will adapt very well to the Premier League, I have no doubts.
“[The physicality of English football] is a big change, but me personally, I adapted quite well and I am not the tallest. With Fabio, first of all he has big courage to play. That one for me is a quality. Second one, I see him as a very intelligent player.
“Of course he is very young still, so I am sure he will grow in years in the Premier League. What is intense for him is maybe the rhythm of the Premier League will be much quicker than the rhythm of the league in Portugal. This is something he will have time to adapt, but you can’t change it.”
It is good that Vieira has the likes of Cedric around the club to help him settle in because it is not easy coming to England from a different league as a young player.
It seems like Vieira has the technical quality to make a success of his Arsenal move, and it is up to him to adjust to the other side of the game.
The likes of Bernardo Silva regularly run games over here, and that is the standard Vieira has to aspire to, at international level as well.
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