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Piazon excited to embark on Championship campaign

1 September 2015

Young attacker chats after joining the Royals

Brazilian attacker Lucas Piazon became the latest addition to Steve Clarke’s side when he joined on a season-long loan on Monday evening, and he is excited at the prospect of getting started soon in Royals colours.

Lucas will have to wait until after the international break to see action for the Royals – we host Ipswich on Friday 11th September and Derby on Tuesday 15th September – and after spending time abroad, he is looking forward to getting involved in the hustle and bustle of the Championship and helping the side climb the table.

“As young players, we want to decide our future and to be playing,” said Piazon.  “So I feel happy and ready to start.

“I came to England four years ago, but I haven’t played much professional football in England.  I’ve played abroad, but this is a good opportunity for me to stay in England to play.  I’m very excited – in the Championship you have a lot of games and this was a factor too, to be playing twice a week.

“In the last few weeks, the team were playing a lot of games and now they have a small break.  That will be good for me to feel comfortable with the team, the coach and the staff – in these two weeks we have a lot to do. 

“We all want to win games, to collect points and to fight for promotion.  I think that has to be the mentality – the mentality of a winning team.”

Piazon, who has ability from free-kicks as one of the weapons in his armoury, feels that he is a versatile player in the attacking third.

“When I came to England four years ago, the position I played the most was like as a left winger, but I played sometimes as a number 10 too or as a right winger also.  I think I can be available for these positions.”

Originally from Sao Paulo in Brazil, Piazon has already played in five different countries at the age of 21.  Since moving to Europe, he has spent loan spells away from Chelsea with Malaga in Spain, Vitesse in the Netherlands and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

“Everywhere was very different for me,” said Piazon of his experiences in other countries.  “Spain was quite similar to Brazil, and then I moved to Holland where there were a lot of young players and a lot of offensive football, and Germany was more like fighting! 

“There were a lot of long-balls and things there, but it was a good experience – after three or four months I was able to handle the difficulties that I had in the beginning.  It is always good to be playing in a tough league that pushes us forward and makes us improve.”

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