One of our readers has alerted us to the form of 27 year-old Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, and he certainly seems to be able to score the goals.
Luiz Adriano – scored five Champions League goals last night
Last night Shakhtar Donetsk recorded the joint-biggest away win in Champions League history, as they beat Belarusian side 7-0 and Adriano hit five goals.
He became only the second player, after Lionel Messi, to score five goals in a single Champions League match and the Ukrainian side were 6-0 up at half time – which was another Champions league record.
Luiz was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil and started his career at his hometown club Internacional and scored 3 goals in 12 games for them before joining Ukrainian club Shakhtar in 2007, for around €3M (£2.4M).
Adriano has been in the Ukraine for over seven years now and he has a terrific goal scoring record there – having played 246 games in all competitions with 115 goals, and he is Shakhtar Donetsk’s leading scorer of all time.
His record includes 28 goals in 61 appearances in European competition.
Luiz has never played for the full Brazilian side, which seems a little surprising, although he did pick up 11 caps for the Brazil U20 side back in 2007.
We’re not sure how much this lad would cost – but the 6′ tall Adriano looks a very good player, and maybe somebody Newcastle should be looking at, as we look to strengthen the saud in January and next summer – especially in the striker department.
Luiz is 27 years old, so that’s maybe a little old for Newcastle, who like to bring in players who are 26 or younger and who are also cheap – so maybe those two things could rule out the Brazilian joining Newcastle?
What do you think?
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