Martin Keown is eager for Endrick to truly announce himself as a Real Madrid player, having overlooked Chelsea as his next footballing destination.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Keown looked ahead enthusiastically for Endrick’s eventual switch to the Bernabeu.
Madrid confirmed they sealed the signing of the 16-year-old from Palmeiras in a deal worth £52m.
Endrick makes Madrid his home
Endrick will have to wait until he turns 18 to head to the Champions League winners.
The Spanish side’s chain of command apparently beat Todd Boehly in the race for the junior Brazilian, with the Chelsea owner said to be hesitant in agreeing to financial terms.
He will become the joint-fourth most expensive teenager of all time, alongside Anthony Martial.
Matthijs de Ligt, Joao Felix and Kylian Mbappe rank above the youthful forward for fortunes spent on a teen.
That’s not bad company in the slightest.
But it also highlights the pressure of earning such a huge price tag at such a young age.
De Ligt, Felix and Martial have arguably yet to live up to their potential, with only Mbappe maintaining expectations.
This same pressure will be applied to Endrick when he finally jets off to La Liga.
Many exciting talents have walked a similar pathway, and fallen off the track to some degree.
For now, Madrid fans and pundits alike can only hope for the best for the product of Palmeiras.
“Must be some player. Can’t wait to see him play. It’s a gamble obviously. We saw with Martin Odegaard go to Real Madrid in a similar fashion, way back when he was a very young lad,” pointed out Keown.
“They (Madrid) are prepared to take the gamble aren’t they. It’s a costly one if they get it wrong.”
Endrick casts off Chelsea
Selfishly, Chelsea might pray it all falls apart for Endrick, having failed to secure his services.
Boehly will try and avoid a downfall with another of the game’s hottest properties, however.
Youssoufa Moukoko has been heavily linked with the Blues in the past few days, with the Borussia Dortmund forward nearing the end of his contract.
He is only two-years older than Endrick, but has already played in the Bundesliga, Champions League and at the World Cup.
Hence why there might be an ever bigger push from Chelsea to pry him away from Dortmund.