At the time of his signing, well known managerial legend Gianfranco Zola told Sky Sports News: "We have expectations of him, but we do not forget that the boy is 19 years old and he has come here for the future.

"We are going to try an improve him and make him a better player. We know that he has got great potential and can become a top player.

"But everybody needs to be patient. He wants to improve and we want to help him, but he also needs time to settle.

"The reason why we bought Savio is that we saw the potential which belongs to special players. We like to gamble, but I do not think that Savio is a gamble."