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In Focus: Brandon Aveiro

12 March 2019

Having signed his first professional deal with the Eagles in October, Brandon Aveiro celebrated by netting a hat-trick against Watford the following week. In clearly trademark fashion, on Saturday he put four past Birmingham City.

Here, he introduces himself to those who don't yet know him.

Signing my first professional contract on my 17th birthday was a dream come true.

I’ve been at Palace since I was eight-years-old so to sign my first contract was an unbelievable feeling. I think now when I play I have to work harder and push to where I want to be, which is in the first-team eventually. There’s a little bit more pressure on me now, but I’ll just take that on the chin and play my game.

The new intake of Under-16s are settling in well to the Under-18s side.

I think most of us played together last season and so we’ve all gained experience from that. Off the pitch, there’s already quite a good atmosphere between the second and first years so now we have to bring that out further, which shouldn’t be a problem.

On the pitch, we play at a high intensity in training and we try to work our hardest to bring that into the matches. Hopefully we can keep that consistent to try and win games.

I've played for the Under-23s this season and you see the change instantly.

When I went to train with them, it’s a different step. They’re tighter, you get harder challenges but you get to grips with it after a while. You’ve got to play quicker and do harder work. It’s definitely tougher, but I’d say I’m getting used to it. 

Playing at that level against boys who’ve been playing for so much longer helps my game.

They’re more experienced and know things, and they’ve come across players like me before so you’ve got to get to grips with how to get past them and that totally different atmosphere and style of football. It’s definitely beneficial playing up at that level.

I’ve had a good start to the season, but I’m always looking to improve.

I’ve been in the gym a lot trying to improve my upper body strength; I’m already quite dominant lower down so I’m just trying to build my strength up. Technically I’m pretty confident at picking up the ball, driving forward, getting into one v one situations and even beating a couple of players then sliding people through.

Paddy McCarthy is an unbelievable manager.

He’s got this work-rate that you don’t really see from other managers, and he then brings that into our game and we take it on. We gain that leadership that he’s got and hopefully take it into the games. He and Gary Issott are always giving me information to improve my game, and that helps me to improve a lot quicker.

TQ Addy is the biggest joker in the dressing room.

He’s with the Under-23s now but he’s still always in our changing room! He’s a funny guy but it’s a great atmosphere and actually everyone’s quite funny, so it’s a good dressing room to be in. I’m happy being here, it’s a great club to be at.

Date of birth: 3rd September 2001

Place of birth: London

When did you start for Palace? In 2009 with the Under-8s

Team supported as a youngster: Manchester United, now Crystal Palace

First footballing idol: Cristiano Ronaldo

Career highlight to date: Scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 win against Watford

Favourite food: Sunday roast with chicken

Favourite TV shows: Family Guy or The Simpsons

What do you do in your spare time? Play Fortnite on PlayStation

If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be? Lionel Messi or Will Smith

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you be? Running my own business and trying to make a living

Hopes for this season: I want to win the league, to have a good season, be consistent and maintain a good goal-to-game ratio.

This article first appeared in the official Palace programme for Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United. Make sure to buy your copy for the next one from around the outside of Selhurst Park before every home first-team match for just £3.50. Alternatively, you can buy digital editions online below!

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