Wellington Silva (footballer, born 1993)

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Wellington Silva
Personal information
Full name Wellington Alves da Silva
Date of birth (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Almería
Number 8
Youth career
0000–2004 Portuguesa-RJ
2004–2010 Fluminense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Fluminense 2 (0)
2011– Arsenal 0 (0)
2011 Levante (loan) 2 (0)
2011–2012 Alcoyano (loan) 16 (3)
2012–2013 Ponferradina (loan) 20 (3)
2013–2014 Murcia (loan) 38 (3)
2014– Almería (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Brazil U17 11 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wellington Alves da Silva (born 6 January 1993) is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays for UD Almería, on loan from Arsenal, as a winger or second striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career/Fluminense[edit]

Silva joined Fluminense's youth setup in 2004, from lowly neighbours Portuguesa. In December 2008 he was invited to a trial period at Arsenal, and scored four goals in a single match against Norwich with the Academy. Silva returned to Brazil, however, and was assigned back to the youth setup at Flu.

On 31 December 2009 he agreed a deal with The Gunners,[1] for a £3.5 million fee. The deal was delayed until 2011 due to Silva's age.[2]

On 28 February 2010 he made his senior debut, starting and scoring the second of a 5–1 home routing over Friburguense for the Campeonato Carioca championship;[3] his Série A debut came on 9 May, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–1 loss at Ceará.[4] In October, Silva was widely criticised by coach Muricy Ramalho, after Silva's complaints due to the lack of opportunities.[5]

Arsenal[edit]

On 31 January 2010, Silva signed for Arsenal, and featured in a reserves match against Manchester United on 19 August 2010. He played the whole 90 minutes and scored, cutting in from the right to hit the back of the net.[6]

Wellington played in a closed-doors friendly for Arsenal in January 2010 against Dagenham and Redbridge.[7] He scored two goals and set up a third. He was substituted after playing 70 minutes.

On Thursday 9 December 2010 it was announced that the FA had backtracked on its initial decision to award Wellington Silva his "Special Talent Visa". The next day, it was announced on Arsenal's official website that the club planned to send him out on loan due to the fact he couldn't get a work permit.[8]

Loans in Spain[edit]

On 12 January 2011, Arsenal loaned Silva to La Liga side Levante UD until June.[9] He made his debut on the 29th coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 home success against Getafe CF.[10] Silva only appeared again on 21 May, again from the bench in a 1–2 home loss against Real Zaragoza.[11]

On 10 July 2011, Silva rejoined the Granotes.[12] However, after making no appearances for the Valencian sid, he moved to CD Alcoyano in Segunda División on 12 January of the following year, also in a temporary deal.[13]

On 20 August 2012, Silva joined SD Ponferradina on a season-long loan.[14] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win at Villarreal CF, for the campaign's Copa del Rey.[15]

Silva scored his first league goal for Ponfe on 11 November, but in a 3–5 home loss against Córdoba CF.[16] He finished the season with 20 appearances (all from the bench, 425 minutes of action) as the Castile and León side narrowly missed out the play-offs.

In August 2013, Silva joined Real Murcia, again on loan.[17] He appeared in 38 matches during the campaign, as his side was eventually knocked out in the play-offs.

On 16 July 2014, Silva moved to UD Almería also in a season-long loan deal.[18]

International career[edit]

Silva was a part of the Brazil under-17 squad that performed at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup despite being one year younger than his teammates.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 June 2014[20]
Club Season League Cup[i] Continental[ii] Other[iii] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Fluminense 2010 2 0 0 6 0 0 9 1 4 17 1 4
Levante 2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Alcoyano 2011–12 16 3 0 0 0 0 16 3 0
Ponferradina 2012–13 20 3 0 3 1 0 23 4 0
Murcia 2013–14 36 2 5 1 0 0 2 1 0 39 3 5
Almería 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 76 8 5 10 1 0 0 0 0 11 1 4 97 10 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Promessa do Flu, Wellington Silva é vendido ao Arsenal por R$ 10 milhões" [Pearl of Flu, Wellington Silva is sold to Arsenal for R$ 10 million] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arsene Wenger signs a striker! ...But 16-year-old Brazil star Wellington Silva won't arrive for another year". Daily Mail. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Flu goleia Friburguense por 5 a 1 no primeiro jogo do 2° turno do carioca" [Flu thrashes Friburguense by 5–1 in the first game of Carioca's second round] (in Portuguese). Rio Bola Cheia. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Em noite de festa por volta à elite, Ceará vence o Flu em Fortaleza" [In a party night due to the return to top level, Ceará defeats Flu in Fortaleza] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Técnico do Flu detona atacante Wellington Silva: 'Nem jogador ele é'" [Coach of Flu destroys forward Wellington Silva: 'He is not even a player'] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Reserves: Manchester United 1–2 Arsenal". Arsenal.com (Arsenal Football Club). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Martin (8 October 2010). "Arsenal guaranteed at least one January arrival". The Goon Blog. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Wellington to continue progress on loan". Arsenal.com (Arsenal Football Club). 10 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wellington loaned out to Spanish side Levante". Arsenal.com (Arsenal Football Club). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "El Levante está muy vivo" [Levante is very much alive] (in Spanish). Marca. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Levante 1 Zaragoza 2" (in Spanish). Diario AS. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Arsenal loan Wellington to Levante". Arsenal.com (Arsenal Football Club). 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Wellington jugará en el Alcoyano, cedido por el Arsenal" [Wellington will play in Alcoyano, on loan from Arsenal] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Wellington joins SD Ponferradina on loan". Arsenal FC. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "El Villarreal no acaba con el gafe" [Villarreal does not stops the jinx] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "El Córdoba arranca fuera de casa con un festival de goles" [Córdoba wins away with a goal festival] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Wellington, al ser presentado en el Murcia: Tenía claro que quería jugar aquí" [Wellington, while being presented in Murcia: I had it clear that I wanted to play here] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "El Almería cierra el fichaje del brasileño Wellington Silva, un extremo rápido y de calidad" [Almería completes signing of Brazilian Wellington Silva, a quick and quality winger] (in Spanish). Almería's official website. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Wellington Silva profile". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  20. ^ Wellington Silva profile at Soccerway

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