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  Player's Profile | Luis Pedro Cavanda
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Luis Pedro Cavanda
Date Of Birth: 02-01-1990
Country: Belgium
Height / Weight: 180 cm / 75 kg
N# / Position: 39 - DEF
Contract Expiry: 30-06-2018
Agent : Franco Zavaglia
Born in Luanda, Angola on January 2, 1991 before moving to Belgium at a young age, Luis Pedro Cavanda has had a tumultuous career with Lazio so far to say the least. Signed on loan by Lazio in January 2007 - just days after his 16th birthday - Cavanda transferred permanently to the Italian club in the summer of 2007 for a measly 25,000 euro. He spent his first three years at the club with Lazio's youth teams and was later promoted to the first team properly in 2009 by Davide Ballardini who registered him as a homegrown player for Lazio's Europa League campaign.

Cavanda was handed his Lazio debut in a 1-0 home loss to Levski Sofia in December, 2009. It is fair to say he was only given the start as Lazio were already out of the competition and along with many other Primavera propsects, he failed to make any real impression on the game. Cavanda did not make a single start in the remainder of the season but his performances at Primavera level caught the eye of Edoardo Reja and Cavanda found himself a part of Lazio's first team plans for the 2010/11 season.

Cavanda was thrown on during Lazio's 2010/11 opener against Sampdoria, replacing Simone Del Nero. He was handed his full Serie A debut a few weeks later against AC Milan as he was tasked with keeping one of the game's greats in Ronaldinho at bay. He was incredibly impressive, yet Reja left him out of the squad that travelled to Verona the following week. An ankle injury set him back further and he did not feature again until December. Cavanda was less impressive on his return as Juventus' Serbian winger Milos Krasic tore him apart and for many, Cavanda's inexperience cost Lazio valuable points that day.

Weeks later, Cavanda was offloaded to Torino on loan and further struggles with injury and form saw him make only three appearances in Serie B. In the space of a season, Cavanda had faded into obscurity and it soon became clear that part of the problem was his off-field behaviour. As a Primavera player, Cavanda once threw his Lazio jersey to the ground in disgust having been substituted and he subsequently refused to travel for a game against AC Milan a few days later. As a first team player, Edy Reja was now finding him to be difficult to work with and despite acknowledging his potential, Reja gave Cavanda only 45 minutes and a Coppa Italia cameo in the 2011/12 season before sending the Belgian off to Bari. Once again, he struggled to make an impression in Serie B, featuring in less than half of Bari's league games.

Under Vladimir Petkovic's leadership, Cavanda appeared to have turned a corner as he turned in a series of admirable displays in the 2012/13 season while acting as an understudy to Stefan Radu at left-back and Abdoulay Konko at right-back. Injuries to others enabled him to become a regular and he played a part in Lazio's impressive early form and was central to Lazio's progression through the group phase of the Europa League with his performance against Tottenham Hostpur and Gareth Bale standing out in particular. By February, however, he had fallen out of favour with Lazio yet again. His agent Ulisse Savini spent much of January informing the media of Cavanda's desire to play in the Premier League and having signed Bruno Pereirinha, the Lazio hierarchy made the decision to freeze Cavanda out of the squad permanently with only 18 months left to run on the Belgian's deal. He did not feature for Lazio during the remainder of the season.

Cavanda seemed destined to leave Lazio in the summer of 2013 before the most surprising of u-turns saw him put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, keeping him at the first team of Rome until 2018. Since then, Cavanda has lacked consistency in his performances and his future is once again uncertain now that Edy Reja has returned to the club.

On his day, his pace is a serious weapon going forward and when fully concentrated, he is a tough man to beat at the back as well, but he has been incredibly inconsistent in his seven years with Lazio so far and there are no signs of a change there. He needs to shake off his bad boy reputation - Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has admitted that Cavanda has no place in his World Cup plans as his attitude at underage level has yielded unfavourable reports from his backroom staff. If Cavanda convinces Edy Reja that he has grown up and is ready to take his game to the next level, then the Belgian wing-back could become a staple of this Lazio side for years to come. As it stands, however, his career could be set to follow the trajectory of his icon Nicolas Anelka - if he loses the trust of those who have invested their time and resources into him, he may find himself bandied about from club to club, never to succeed in fulfilling his potential.

  Transfer Zone
Date Player Name Nationality Contract Value From To Type
7/1/2012Luis Pedro CavandaBelgiumundisclosedBariLazioReturn from Loan
1/31/2012Luis Pedro CavandaBelgiumundisclosedLazioBariLoan
1/31/2011Luis Pedro CavandaBelgiumundisclosedLazioTorinoLoan
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