great post ..the same is under lampard whos a brilliant player who lived in joe cole's shadow and gerrard who lived under ince's shadow and murphy and thompsonBeiraMarense said:It's a matter of letting the system work on it's own. There's no reason to take him the Freddy Adu route. Hell, the sad thing is, I bet Freddy Adu wouldn't be anything more special in the Sporting youth team compared to the midfield they got.
But again, it must be emphasized that he needs time. This is why guys like Edgar Marcelinho, Joao Moutinho, Martins, Custodio are all coming along so well. Most of these guys were known years before they made their debuts but no one over-did them to the point where they would fall-short of all the expecations. Same thing has to be done with Paim. Don't expect him to be the greatest, be patient.
Fabio Paim could turn out to be Ronaldo/Figo OR he could turn out to be another Paiva/Peixe.
Figo always lived under Peixe's spotlight and he became known as one of the best Portuguese. And Ronaldo always lived under Quaresma's spotlight until his move to United.
Quaresma alone should be an example of what can happen when everyone keeps billing someone as the greatest thing ever. I don't want to see Fabio Paim getting a premature move abroad to the wrong team (Barcelona aren't that great in U-21 youth IMO).
Granted, Quaresma's life isn't over just because he got self-cocky, but if Quaresma wasn't hyped as much he'd probably be a lot further ahead in his career than he is now.