"The context for Raúl de Tomás was not optimal at Benfica"

André Tiago Pinto, former sports director of the Portuguese club, explained at the Elite Soccer Congress that they did a good scouting for him and that this year he has shown his potential.


From the 2017-18 season to the 2020-21 Andre Tiago Pinto was Benfica's sports director. Now he starts a new project in Rome and, this Wednesday, he was one of the protagonists of the Elite Soccer Congress organized by Diario AS. In his conference 'Sports management in a professional team', Tiago Pinto explained the particularities of the sports areas and also spoke about Raúl de Tomás, one of the bets that Benfica made in the summer of 2019 but that did not turn out as expected.

Asked by the host of the event, Ramon Fuentes, about which player would stand out from those who had followed his scouting process until finally signing him, Pinto did not hesitate to highlight Raúl de Tomás: "He generated many expectations, but it did not go well. . He was a very good player, we did a great scouting job, he played very well, but the context was not optimal. This year he has been a second top scorer at Espanyol and illustrates his quality ", he valued.

Apart from the football virtues that did not materialize in Benfica (he played 17 minutes in half a season and scored three goals), the RdT operation was a round business for the Portuguese, who invested 20 million euros that they had to pay to Real Madrid, owner of their rights, and they sold it to Espanyol for 22.5 (counting variables) six months later and with hardly any performance.

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