“An Exciting Prospect”
By Kevin Affleck
Dion Pereira drew plaudits last week, inspiring the Hornets' Under-18 side to glory in Japan and being named among the best XI players at the international tournament.
Sixteen teams took part in Fukuoka, and Pereira got enough votes from opposition coaches to be named in the Team of the Tournament.
The 17-year-old scored twice during an intense period of games – the Hornets played six games in four days – as the young Golden Boys won the Global Arena Cup, the second-tier competition.
“He did very well,” said Head of Academy Chris McGuane.
“He was recognised in front of the crowd at the end, which was nice for him.”
Pereira has been with the club since the age of nine and progressed through the ranks to earn a scholarship on the back of his wand of a left foot. He's been a regular in the Under-23 side this season as he bids to earn a pro deal.
“When he attacks players and takes players on he can be devastating,” added McGuane.
“He’s got a sweet left foot and glides across the pitch. Get him in the right areas and he can thread little balls in, create chances and he showed out there he can finish. He got himself a couple of goals.
“He’s an exciting prospect, but he's still got a lot of hard work to do.”