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Gomes: “João Pedro Signing Is Great News”

Heurelho Gomes knows a thing or two about Brazilian football, having made early steps in his career at Cruzeiro and subsequently turning out for his national team on several occasions, and it’s worth listening when he talks about the game in his home country.

When news broke last night that João Pedro, the Brazilian forward who initially agreed to join Watford in October 2018, had been granted a work permit to link up with the club in January, the Hornets goalkeeper was delighted.

“This is great news for us, he’s a talented player, he’s fast and he can score goals as well. I am looking forward to welcoming him in January,” said Gomes, speaking to Added Time after the Everton Carabao Cup game.

“I believe he is going to do great things for us because he is the type of player who is a little bit more aggressive, like we need sometimes, and he is the player who can score goals. Also, when we need to keep the ball, he will do it for sure.”

Since arriving in England in 2008, aged 26, Gomes has grown a reputation for taking young compatriots under his wing and making those who have trodden similar paths to him feel comfortable as they settle in English football.

This was initially the case with midfielder Sandro, who linked up with Gomes at Tottenham Hotspur in 2010, joining from Internacional. More recently, the Hornets goalkeeper looked after attacker Richarlison when he arrived in Hertfordshire from Fluminense.

“I expect the same thing as I did with Richarlison and I did with Sandro as well at Tottenham,” said Gomes. “It’s so difficult for young players to come here, especially as the things we were used to having in Brazil, here it’s totally different. He needs to be looked after and I’m still here so I’ll do my best to help him adapt as best I can.”

Pedro will also arrive from Fluminense, albeit two years younger than Richarlison was when he made the same journey, but has already been widely praised since bursting onto the scene with six goals in his first three matches.

The 18-year-old’s five-year contract, which has already been signed, will be lodged on January 1, 2020 and we look forward to officially welcoming him to the club in the New Year.

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Academy: Under-12s Commemorate 1918 Flu Pandemic

Did you know the Flu Pandemic of 1918 killed more people than World War One? No?

Tune in to our Academy Under-12s' special report from Vicarage Road, the training ground and Watford Museum - where their pop-up exhibition runs until the end of November.