Social media users have this afternoon reacted in typically brutal fashion to the performance of Swansea City new boy Renato Sanches versus Newcastle United.
Sanches arrived at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last summer from Benfica with weighty expectations on his young shoulders, having played a starring role as Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 trophy.
However, the 19-year-old managed just 25 appearances all season under coach Carlo Ancelotti, the majority of which came from the bench.
His performances, when given a chance, were underwhelming to say the least, with Sanches failing to register a single goal or assist over the course of the entire campaign.
Nevertheless, any club who watched the youngster in action at last summer’s European Championships remained interested in his services, with the likes of AC Milan, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all having been linked with Sanches during the summer transfer window.
However, to the surprise of fans worldwide, it was not one of Europe’s top clubs who eventually convinced Bayern to part with their talented starlet for the 2017/18 campaign, but rather Premier League minnows Swansea City.
Swans boss Paul Clement confirmed earlier this week that Sanches could make his debut in his side’s Premier League matchup with Newcastle United this evening, with the Portuguese teen eventually named in the Welsh outfit’s starting lineup.
However, his maiden Swansea appearance proved far from a fruitful one, with Sanches looking nervous and bereft of confidence as he continuously surrendered possession during his side’s 1-0 loss.
He failed to make any real positive impact on proceedings, and was replaced by fellow summer signing Wilfried Bony in the 70th minute.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter users were typically harsh in their assessments, with some of the highlights below:
Renato Sanches’ Swansea debut by numbers:
79% pass accuracy
0 chances created
Tough start. 😔 pic.twitter.com/NPwTvppsxr
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches definitely Anderson 2.0
— Paul Harriott (@Paul_Harriott) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches is a fraud!
— Nathan Hildred (@hills90) September 10, 2017
That Renato Sanches is the next Adama Traoré
— Archie (@ArchieDoug_) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches reminding me of a certain Bebe, his fellow countryman.
— mvelo.nd (@ndwn_t95) September 10, 2017
Much-hyped “wonderkid” Renato Sanches subbed but gets huge applause from Swansea fans.Not sure why.Unimpresive.Lacked pace & passing wayward
— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches has so far shown the ability to make you think he’s brilliant but also a bit crap, all within the space of 10 seconds.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 10, 2017
In 28 minutes, Renato Sanches has given the ball away 14 times.
Efficient. 😎 pic.twitter.com/uRpVnhzyHf
— bet365 (@bet365) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches’ debut.. pic.twitter.com/xoQYQdXoJv
— Ellis – AwayDays (@ellis_platten) September 10, 2017
Right then, when do we start calling Renato Sanches a fraud?
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches is another demonstration that if you move big too early, it’s too late.
— Ramzi ⚽Ⓜ (@footballmood) September 10, 2017