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The loan players could strengthen Botafogo in the mid-year window

Carlos Alberto, Matías Segovia and Gustavo Sauer have been loaned out to European clubs and are expected to return to Botafogo in the next window.

Botafogo is going through a bad moment in terms of injuries within its squad, in total the team has five injured players who cannot play at a time of the season when the team played matches every three days of the week, which it’s even worse during In this period he will play the Copa América, Alvinegro already knows that he won’t be able to count on Savarino and possibly Gatito. However, the Lone Star team will be able to benefit from the contractions already concluded in the first window and also from the return of the players loaned to European teams.

The club had already completed the purchase of midfielder Allan and striker Igor Jesus, both of whom arrived at the club in the second window, which opens on 10 July. In addition to them, the club will also see the return of Carlos Alberto, Segovinha and Gustavo Sauer, all returning from their respective loans.

Despite being different ages, all three players mentioned above had plenty of minutes on their respective loans. See below how Botafogo players performed during the loan period:

Carlo Alberto

Among the three players mentioned above, striker Carlos Alberto can be considered the one who made the most of his loan spell, he was loaned to RWD Molenbeek from the beginning to the end of the European season. With the Brussels team he played 16 times in the Belgian championship, having played 659 minutes according to the “Fbref” website.

During this period the player scored three goals and also provided two assists, for a total of five contributions. Furthermore, according to the site “Sofascore”, the player made an average of 8.1 successful passes per game, with a success rate of 73% in this regard. During his loan, the player played as a left winger and centrally as a 9.

Carlos Alberto arrived at Botafogo initially on loan from América-MG, at the beginning of last year. In 2023, the player did not have many opportunities with Luís Castro in the first half. After the Portuguese’s departure, the player had more opportunities during the interim period of Cláudio Caçapa, scoring important goals in the classic against Vasco and in the Sul-Americana. He was signed permanently by Alvinegro at the beginning of this year, but lost space with Bruno Lage and Tiago Nunes and ended up on loan at RWD in January.

Matías Segovia

Segovinha was another player on loan at the Belgian club who are also part of Eagle Holding (the consortium that manages Botafogo), he had been loaned to Molenbeek in January with the aim of gaining more minutes. According to the “OGol” website, the Paraguayan played seven matches in the Belgian championship, having played 288 minutes in the competition.

Despite not scoring any goals, Segovinha provided one assist during his time in Belgian football. Furthermore, according to “OneFootball”, the player made a total of 133 passes and recorded a passing percentage of 75.5%. Besides that, the 21-year-old player won 55.88% of his disputes during matches.

Segovia was signed as one of Paraguayan football’s biggest prospects, signing for Paraguay’s Guarani when he joined Alvinegro midway through last year. The player had a good start at the club and immediately won the favor of the fans, fitting in well in the second half of matches and making assists. He won a song and became a fan favourite, however with the team’s decline in production in the final stretch of the 2023 Brasileirão he ended up losing his place and was loaned out to the Belgian club at the start of this season. year.

Gustavo Sauer

Unlike Carlos Alberto and Segovinha, Gustavo Sauer was loaned out midway through last year, interestingly the 31-year-old was enjoying his best time with Alvinegro when he was transferred to Rizespor in Turkey on loan until in July this year. He had just put in a stellar performance in the 4-1 win over Coritiba, scoring two goals and providing an assist. According to the “GE” website, at the time the club accepted the proposal because the player had one of the highest salaries in the squad and the player subsequently accepted the proposal. The Turkish club still has an option to buy out the player at the end of the loan.

The player’s loan has not yet ended as the Turkish championship ends in two weeks. Sauer was the player who earned the most minutes, having played 1,526 minutes in 32 matches for the Turkish club on loan so far, but he only scored one goal and provided one assist.

Sauer was one of Botafogo’s first signings of the SAF era in 2022, he agreed to go to the Lone Star club on the last day of the first window that year. The player had an injury that kept him out of action for a long period, after which he lost space with Luís Castro and became the third option in attack, but received new opportunities with the arrival of Bruno Lage who he had played well. The player is the fourth most expensive signing in the club’s history, having cost $2 million (R$10 million, at the time) to Boavista, from Portugal.

The three players will only be able to return to play for Botafogo after July 10, when the national team transfer window opens in Brazil. Until then, Artur Jorge will have two months to evaluate whether or not he will have players for the rest of the season.

Source: Terra

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