Santos youngster Fernando Medeiros leaves behind problems, and should be used by Dorival in 2017
Santos midfielder Fernando Medeiros ended 2015 with the expectation of being heavily used this year, but only entered the field four times.
Santos' last match in 2015 was a 5-1 win over Atlético Paranaense at Vila Belmiro in the last round of the Brazilian Championship. The game marked the debut of Fernando Medeiros as a professional at Santos. During the press conference after the match, coach Dorival Júnior praised the player and predicted many opportunities for him this year, which did not occur. Fernando Medeiros says that he had family problems, but he's in peace now and the expectation is for a very different 2017. He said: "I hoped it would be a very good year for me, but it turned out not to be. I had family problems that took my focus away, but now it's all settled. I want to have a very different 2017, helping Santos a lot more. Dorival talks a lot to me, he always gives me advice after training. I know he's counting on me for 2017 and I want to get my space back."
Valencia has left the club, but Santos are not thinking about signing another box-to-box midfielder, which may help Fernando Medeiros. Besides the starters Renato and Thiago Maia, the other options are Yuri and Alison. Léo Cittadini and Rafael Longuine can also play in front of the defenders.
Fernando's way up to the professional team was not easy. Having been one of the most promising youngsters in the club's youth system, the midfielder won the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior with the U20 side and already felt prepared to be promoted, which took longer than expected. The youth team did not seem enough for the youngster, who felt discouraged and in doubt about achieving the dream of reaching the senior side. Fernando Medeiros had some problems off the field and no longer showed the same talent during games. Still young enough to play in the U20 side, he became a key player for Santos' B team in 2015. The board's objective was to ease the transition of the player from the youth team to the professionals. For the U23s, Fernando excelled in training and caught the attention of Dorival Júnior, who finally promoted him to the senior team.