Marc Dos Santos' has a new toy to play with after Ayrton Pinheiro Victor joined the Swope Park Rangers last week. He sees the 22 year old Brazilian as a natural number 10 to slot in at the top of his midfield. Ayrton is here as a project and the club hopes he can develop into a Sporting KC player, so we wanted to take a deeper look at the prospect.
Thad talked to both Peter Vermes and Marc Dos Santos about Ayrton, and they spoke very highly of him.
He comes to us via Corinthians, but has been on loan the past two seasons most recently with Tigres do Brasil. Ualefi is also a former Corinthians man to help ease his transition into the midfield. Moreover, Kevin Oliveira came from Benfica B and completes an all Portuguese speaking midfield.
It sounds like Dos Santos ideal midfield will be Ayrton up top in the attacking role (Feilhaber), Oliveira as the box-to-box guy (Espinoza), and Ualefi as the holding mid in front of the center-backs (Mustivar). It is absurd how much talent that is for the USL. It's absurd, you guys!
I've got some highlight reels for you and I plan on sufficiently skyrocketing expectations to make you believe Benny Feilhaber better watch his back... as is the job of highlight reels.
In the videos below, he can be seen showcasing any and every single ability you could dream of from a number 10. And then some! He is pretty big for the role he plays standing at 6'0" and he can be very strong on the ball weighing 170 lbs. Ayrton can dance around defenders in traffic with clever foot skills like the Brazilian he is, but he can be physical and win headers as well. He creates chances with an impressive passing ability, but is a danger to score from absolutely anywhere in the final third.
The videos are about 10 minutes and 27 minutes a piece, but you will no doubt say "Wow" at a couple moments. Dangerous set pieces, long range golazos, and defense slicing through balls.... it's all there.
I know old videos on bumpy pitches don't mean much, but we did get a real life look at him last night. And this was basically his first touch on the ball:
So what do you think? Does he have MLS potential?