After an underwhelming Russia 2018 for Brazil, it’s time for Tite to clear the desks and bring in some fresh world class talent – here’s five for the future
Tite has done a relatively good job in charge of Brazil’s national team, winning the hearts of most supporters as well as the press. But many feel that his poor squad selection ultimately cost him, as Brazil lost against Belgium in the quarter-final of the World Cup, with many individuals under-performing on the occasion, notably Fernandinho who was such a downgrade over Casemiro who was suspended. Here are five players who should be the backbone of the team in the build-up for Qatar 2022.
5 – Fabinho
Fernandinho was quite simply awful against Belgium, scoring an own goal and losing most of his duels, as was the case in World Cup 2014 and Copa América 2015. Many wondered why Fabinho was not in the squad, and how different the game could have been with a defensive midfielder of his style. After joining Liverpool, it is certain that he will get opportunities in the near future.
4 – Alex Sandro
The Juventus-man has not had real opportunities with the Seleção yet, and with Marcelo and Filipe Luís not getting any younger, Alex Sandro has to be gradually introduced to the squad. He is considered the best full-back in Italy and one of the top left-backs in the world – and is especially known for being balanced between attacking and his defensive duties.
3 – Malcom
Malcom impressed with Bordeaux and slowly became one of the hottest prospects in Ligue Un, which meant that Catalan giants FC Barcelona would invest in him and acquire his services. Willian had a very disappointing World Cup campaign, whereas Douglas Costa is known to be injury-prone, so fresh blood on the flanks is rather a necessity than a luxury at this stage.
2 – Arthur
Arthur caught the eyes of the whole South American continent as he magnificently guided Grêmio to the prestigious Copa Libertadores title with breathtaking performances that saw him dominate the midfield battle. Barcelona were quick to make sure he is theirs, and already consider him stylistically, as the closest they have had to Xavi since his departure from the club, back in 2015.
1 – Vinicius Júnior
Neymar Júnior stole all the headlines in Brazil before making the move to Barça. However, 18-year old Vinicius Júnior who became the most expensive teenager in history when his services were acquired for around $50 million, chose to follow Real Madrid’s path just like his idol Robinho did back in the day.
In pre-season, Vini has caught the eyes with his decent displays against the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and AS Roma. There is no doubt that he will be the future of Brazil’s national team, so the quicker he is integrated into the ranks of the Seleção, the better.