Former Brighton and Sunderland boss Poyet only took charge of Bordeaux in January but his short spell working alongside Malcom was enough to convince him that the Brazil under-23 forward has what it takes to succeed alongside Lionel Messi and co.
"It is an exceptional step for him and a great gamble for Barcelona," Poyet told ESPN....
Barcelona confirmed a deal to sign Malcom from Bordeaux on Tuesday, dramatically hijacking the Brazilian forward's move to Roma at the 11th hour.
Roma had announced on Monday that they had reached an agreement with Bordeaux to sign the 21-year-old.
But Barcelona made a late offer anyway and on Tuesday announced they had agreed terms to land Malcom from Bordeaux in a deal worth an initial €41 million, with an additional €1m potentially due in add-ons.