It looks like PSG have not completed their summer recruitment as Monaco’s utility-man, Fabinho, might be jumping ship to boost his Brazil World Cup chances
Fabinho has been one of the most consistent midfielders in Europe, over the past 18 months. However, despite his impressive performances for AS Monaco in Ligue Un and the Champions League action, the utility man has yet to earn a Brazil call-up from Tite. The 23-year-old is being heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain. Is it the right move to make in World Cup season?
Fabinho has proven to be versatile enough to operate at right-back or in central midfield, but has been unable to cement himself a spot with Brazil’s national team. Having helped Monaco win the French league title for the first time in 27 years, while playing an essential role in leading them to the semi-finals of Europe’s finest competition, the Champions League, the 23-year old is now poised, more than ever, to book a place for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, this season.
The former Real Madrid Castilla starlet, has come a long way since those days in the lower reaches of La Liga. Fabinho has become one of Europe’s best in his position, with his defensive work-rate, passing abilities and dribbling skills that allow him to carry the ball forward. Fabinho is physical, technical and a fighter on the pitch. Over the past few months, the Brazilian has been linked with moves to Manchester City, Manchester United, Atlético Madrid and most recently of all PSG – but it does seem that the French capital is where the Monaco midfield-general has the biggest desire to be.
Besides being one of the strongest clubs in the world, PSG would provide Fabinho the opportunity to operate next to Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Marquinhos and Neymar – who are considered first-team starters. This should definitely bring him more visibility in World Cup year, due to the large Brazilian contingent there. Reports have suggested that Tite does not believe Fabinho is a good fit for Brazil’s national team, because he operates as a central midfielder in a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 system at Monaco.
On the other hand, PSG use a 4-3-3 setup, similar to Adenor Bacchi’s. So, if he earns a starting spot for the whole season, this should facilitate his integration to Brazil’s tactical scheme. Training on a regular basis with Marco Verratti, who is one of the world’s most gifted footballers, would certainly help the Brazilian improve his passing range – he would learn a thing or two, as PSG are a more possession-oriented side than their Ligue Un rivals. Fabinho would be the one responsible for the transition from the back-line, where Alves, Silva and Marquinhos operate, to the attack where Neymar is essentially, the technical leader.
No matter whichever angle you look from, Fabinho going to PSG would help improve him as a player, as well as further boost the chemistry within Brazil’s national team. With the recent recruitment they have been doing, it is highly expected that the French club will win all domestic trophies, as well as progress far into the Champions League. It is certainly one of the best destinations a Brazilian can hope for, in the quest to book a ticket to the biggest event on the football planet, the World Cup.