After coming to the conclusion he wasn’t going to see much action at Chelsea this season, Lucas Piazon has said that he is looking to follow in Romelu Lukaku’s footsteps and catch the attention of his parent club from a distance.
Spending the season on loan in the Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem, the young Brazilian has started his spell off in solid fashion, but knows his campaign will have to be something special to catch the attention of Mourinho.
“The most important thing for me was to find somewhere to play a lot of games,” Piazon told Sportsmail. “My first hope was to stay in England and get some experience in the Premier League, but Chelsea spoke to me and I came out here to see the club.
“I liked the club and the city and the training ground. There are a lot of players from Chelsea and we have a good connection. We all want a future at Chelsea, but it depends on us.
“We are young and on loan, and we have to do something special with our season to get back and stay at the club. We know if we don’t have a good season we will be back out on loan again.”
A Man of the Match performance in the recent away victory over N.E.C. will have done his reputation no harm, adding the third goal of his loan spell in the dying moments of the game.
It wasn’t just a goal that made his performance though, he played 5 key passes that, if his teammates had performed better, would have seen him grab an assist or two to compliment his goal.
The N.E.C. game was not a one-off for Piazon; this season he has created 20 chances for his teammates and produced another match-winning display in the previous game against FC Zwolle where he scored 2 goals.
If he continues his good form it will give him confidence when he comes back to Chelsea next season, but confidence is a department that Piazon is not lacking in as he talks of improving on Vitesse’s fourth place finish last season.
“We can do better than last season,” said the 19-year-old. “We lost our last two games but we can play better. We can have a good season and be at the top or close.”
This confidence comes from the Dutch style of play suiting his own, more cultured than physical, an asset of the English game he feels he needs to improve on if he is to make it at Chelsea.
“In the Dutch league, every team tries to play football and build out from the back. In England, the football is strong and more physical. It is not so physical here.”
“I have to improve my body and my physical game, improve in defence and offence, and that’s what I’ m here trying to do.”
Chelsea seem to have a strong Brazilian contingent and Piazon is looking to become a key part of that over future seasons, but like he says, he must continue to build on his solid start if he is to catch Mourinho’s eye this season.Published 17 Oct 2013, 09:07 IST