Santos has a new right back for the rest of the season. This is young Nathan Santos. The 20-year-old athlete, who was in Boavista, Portugal, was hired indefinitely by Peixe and signed a contract valid until December 31, 2026.
But who is Nathan? To find out a little more about the boy and how was his passage to Europe, the Sports bulletin spoke with the journalist António Mendes, of Record, from Portugal.
From Vasco’s base to Portuguese football
Nathan arrived at Boavista in 2020, on loan from Vasco. For the Rio de Janeiro club, he hasn’t even played professionally. His beginnings in Europe were difficult, as expected. At the time he was only 19 and, to gain momentum, he was integrated into the under 23 squad, where he played nine games and scored a goal.
After this adaptation phase, the right wing moved up to the main team and played 15 games.
Nathan attracted attention, mainly, for his speed. He is a very offensive full-back, but at first he had some difficulties in defending himself. Recently, however, he has managed to improve his defense, to the point of establishing himself last season as the undisputed starter in Petit’s side, often as a full-back in a set of three defense.
In all, Nathan spent two seasons in Boavista. There were 49 games, two goals and three assists. Last season there were 34 games, one ball on the net and two passes for goals, numbers that “prove their regularity”.
Departure from Boavista
Plague to start the season, Boavista needed to make some sales to pay off debts and unlock the FIFA impediment. The Portuguese club has seven pending reinforcements who have not yet been registered. Thus, Santos’ interest appeared at the right moment for the Portuguese council.
The transfer could reach € 3 million (R $ 15.9 million at the current price) by achieving certain goals, not disclosed by the teams.
Enough to play?
Nathan arrives to fight for the position with Madson and Auro at Alvinegro Praiano. Neither, however, is unanimous in the São Paulo club. Also, they both have a contract only until the end of this year and are not expected to stay.
The trend, however, is that it still takes some time to pick up the pace. This is because his last game was on May 14th. At the time, he played for 26 minutes in Boavista’s 2-2 draw against Tondela, for the Portuguese league. The last time he played for 90 minutes was on April 2nd.
Santos are back on the pitch this Monday, at 20:00 (Brasilia time), against Coritiba, away from home, for the 21st round of the Brazilian Championship. For this game, however, Nathan will not yet be available, as he has not been regularized in the CBF Daily Newsletter (BID).