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Sky Sports Scout - Leandro Damiao

We run the rule over Brazilian starlet Leandro Damiao

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Scout Facts:

NAME: Leandro Damiao
AGE: 22 (22nd July 1989)
BORN: Jardim Alegre, Brazil
CLUB: Internacional
FACTS: Nearly gave up football as a youngster

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:

0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Brazil's Leandro Damiao - recommended by Sky Sports reader Nicola Doddington.

The scout reports...

Brazilian starlet Leandro Damiao is hitting the headlines across the Atlantic, and along with the likes of Neymar and Ganso is seen as the future of the Samba nation.

Damiao is currently with Internacional, but it has not all been easy for the 6ft 1in front-man - who at one time considered not even being a footballer after a couple of failed trials.

Outubro and Atletico Ibirama both turned him down before he joined Atletico Tubarao - who converted him from a midfielder to a forward.

As a striker he began to stand out and Atletico Ibirama came calling again and this time took him on, and after a string of successful displays he was taken into Internacional's youth set-up.

His progress continued at a pace and he was handed his debut in January 2010, and he scored twice in a 4-2 win over Ypiranga Erechim.

Since then he has not looked back and become a first-team regular, and in some 70 league games he has helped himself to over 40 goals.

Little over 13 months after making his first-team debut Damiao was given his international debut by Brazil against Scotland. He has kept his place in the squad and scored his first goal for the country in September 2011.

Given Damiao's progress, it is little surprise that almost all of Europe's top clubs are looking to sign him, and seeing him in action only emphasises his qualities.

Unlike the likes of Neymar, Ganso and Lucas Moura who perhaps grab more headlines for their raw skill - Damiao is all about one thing, scoring goals.

That is not to say he is without skill, he is after all Brazilian and possesses excellent close control. But his main weapon and undoubted strength is his eye for goal.

Damiao is simply a stunning finisher, he can fire in from 25 yards or volley home from the edge of the box but is equally at home as the fox in the box.

Like with Neymar, though, Damiao signed a new deal with Internacional last summer and is not in a huge hurry to jump into the European game - but it seems highly likely he could move this summer.

The scout says...

A genuine top-class striker, he could move to England, Italy, Germany and Spain when he wants, and it does remain to be seen how much more progression he can make back in his homeland.

Should he leave then he could very well turn up in the Premier League, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur amongst those very keen.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 8 out of 10

Passing: 7 out of 10

Tackling: 6 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 7 out of 10

Current ability: 7 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £15million

Potential value: £60million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Leandro Damiao - now we want your views. Have you seen Damiao in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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