Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Everything you wanted to know about Wellington Paulista but were afraid to ask

West Ham have finally confirmed the worst kept secret in football that Wellington Paulista has signed for us on a six month loan.

This is how it came about:

Wellington's own club  Cruzeiro confirmed they had agreed terms for a loan last week even before Wellington Paulista had boarded a plane


When Wellington disembarked the other end at London City Airport on Monday afternoon  Chairman's son Jack Sullivan snapped him on his smart phone and posted the photo and message to the world

All about Wellington?

Brazilan born Wellington Paulista is 29 and signs from Cruzeiro in Brazil

He is a 6 foot striker who can also operate on the wing, most usually in a 4-3-3 formation

West Ham will become Wellington Paulista's ninth club - the longest he has been anywhere is Cruzeiro, which he joined in 2009- although this has included a brief loan at Palmeiras.

He has played in Europe before with Spanish side Alaves in 2006/07 - and has scored against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey

Wellington was Cruzeiro's top scorer last year, scoring 27 times for his club from 16 starts and 4 times as a sub. He has scored 10 goals from 19 starts this season!

Speaking to Lancenet in his homeland over the weekend, Paulista said: ‘I have had two successful spells at Cruzeiro. I thank the fans for their kindness during the time I was honouring the blue shirt' ‘I am sure I am leaving via the front door and I hope I can return in the future. The transfer was good for everyone involved, now I’ll work hard to succeed in this new stage of my career.

Below is a photo of him at Chadwell Heath on Wednesday 9th Jan undergoing a medical, fitness test and possibly some training as announced on his official facebook page. He is wearing a GPS vest hooked up to Sam's Sabermetrics laptop.

Wellington's Official Facebook Page  http://www.facebook.com/WellingtonPaulista9

The delay in the  official announcement was connected to his International clearance. Although he holds a EU passport paperwork between the FA, FIFA & Brazilian Football authorities take some time I'm told.

Although there seems to be some sour grapes from his club's Brazilian fans who claim he will be a flop. Here is that article


If you will excuse the pun will Wellington get the boot after 6 months or stay with us longer?

Wellington Paulista Goals in Brazil

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