Scouting Report : Pedro Porro
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Pedro Porro, a 22-year-old right-sided wing-back, was born in Don Benito. The young Spaniard grew up playing for Rayo Vallecano Juvenil A before moving on to the under 19 of Girona. In 2018, he attracted the attention of many spectators for his captivating play on the right side of Eusebio Sacristan's Girona team. For a player of Porro's age, confidence and consistency were the main salient features of his game. In fact, at the end of that season, Manchester City would have shelled out 12 million euros for Porro.


The Citizens has left the young full-back on loan, first with 1 full season at Real Valladolid, and then at Sporting Lisbon where he still plays with a two year loan contract that expires in June 2022. In this second season with the Sporting shirt, Porro has started better than the previous one. The right-back, in fact, in 15 games overall with Sporting has already scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists, and with numbers that only tend to grow considering his latest performances. 


Porro is a right-back defender, but he can also play as a wing-back and atthe right side of the midfield. The Spanish right-back is often tasked with unlocking the defensive faults of the opposition’s left-hand side and testing the backline with accurate crosses efforts into the box. Pedro Porro can be considered a very modern right-back, with the great ability to be a strong part of the offensive phase of the team. With his great precise crossing skills, Porro can be very dangerous when left the space to attack the wing side. Receiving the ball to feet the first-time cross is one of the things that make Porro special, he can time perfectly and accurately put the ball into the danger area. 

Other than crossing, the young right-back is also very proactive in dribbling the opponent, his quick feet and speed in the open space make him very good in that part of the pitch. Although he can use his acceleration to close the opponent down and either apply pressure holding his ground or attempt to make a challenge when the opponent moves into his zone, Porro’s defending can still grow. The young right-back has been putting a great effort and performances with Sporting Lisbon until now this season and is showing a great improvement.


One thing that Pedro Porro can surely work more on, he needs to become more patient with his defense. He doesn’t possess a great physical structure, even if he can hold a physical battle, he must be more patient because his positional awareness is strong. Improvements in the timing of his challenges and reading of opposition movements will upgrade him to an overall top-class right-back, making him very effective in both situations in a match, when attacking and when defending.


Pedro Porro has the quality to improve himself, and to show what he is capable of, and in this second season at Sporting CP he has the opportunity to make that step forward. It will be very interesting to follow the young right-back this season since in June of 2022 his loan contract with Sporting CP will expire and we will get the chance of seeing him at Manchester City. But to do so, Porro will have to prove especially this season that he is ready for that further step in his career.

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