Lucas Piazon: Chelsea’s oldest player leaves Stamford Bridge for good
Ten years, eight loans, three senior first team appearances.
The 26-year-old Brazilian, remarkably, was the oldest player on his current squad, he joined in 2011 and, in theory at least, worked under eight different managers.
In reality, however, that work usually boiled down to a bit of pre-season training followed by the news that he was being sent elsewhere for the season.
The attacking midfielder’s move to Braga means that at 26 he finally has a permanent home, having played in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Portugal when he was on the books of Chelsea, not to mention Championship spells with Reading and Fulham.
Chelsea initially signed the promising young Brazilian from Sao Paulo in 2011, but he was not eligible for a work permit until January 2012.
At this point he had a reputation for being an exciting youngster and there were signs he could make a significant impact.
Piazon was named the club’s Young Player of the Year after helping him win the FA Youth Cup in May 2012.
And his three senior appearances all came in the 2012-13 season, having been taken off the bench by Rafael Benitez in the Premier League to play the final 15 minutes of an 8-0 against Aston Villa – where he saved a penalty – while also participating in two League Cup matches.
However, after that, the seemingly endless series of loans began.
He played for Malaga in Spain before moving to Vitesse in the Netherlands and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.
In 2015 Piazon returned to England for loan periods with Reading and Fulham. He had two successive seasons with the latter, with his loan renewed after impressing the first time around, and helped them secure a promotion to the Premier League in 2017-18, before returning on a trip for stays with the Italian squad. Chievo and the Portuguese Rio team. Ave.
For now, however, it looks like her wandering is over. He signed an agreement to play with Braga, fourth in the Portuguese top flight, until 2025.
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