The winter transfer window will give the opportunity for 5 Brazilians to resurrect their careers, including a stalling striker at Manchester City
5 – Fred, Manchester United
Fred has had a terrible start to Old Trafford live and has so far failed to adapt to the modern requirements of the Premier League. The midfielder has not been able to justify his transfer sum of over $60 million. The 25-year old was openly criticized by former Red Devils manager José Mourinho for lacking defensive discipline, but most United fans will agree that he is just not good enough. Perhaps United is too big for him, but it may not be too late to try life in a different environment.
4 – João Miranda, Internazionale
One good thing about Brazil’s last World Cup campaign was the defensive solidity of its central defense partnership throughout the majority of the tournament. João Miranda and Thiago Silva had indeed formed a very compact duo, leaving the fans with the hope of seeing them again carry the Canarinho’s back-line in Copa América.
But Miranda has been barely playing for Inter this season, having featured in merely seven Italian league fixtures. The 34-year old is out of favor at his Italian club, and he needs to do the same thing he did when he faced the situation in Atlético Madrid, which is to leave for a different adventure in order to get one-run shot with the national team.
3 – Andreas Pereira, Manchester United
Pereira started two EPL matches in the current campaign, and was then completely dropped by José Mourinho. However, in this case, it is a situation where the player is very talented and has the quality to succeed at the club, but did not have the confidence of his manager and at the same time, has huge competition in the midfield spots, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata et al.
This could mean that despite the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the chances of Andreas Pereira getting opportunities at Old Trafford are still relatively low. It would be understandable that he seeks a loan move in to gain more confidence and extra game-time.
2 – Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City
The truth is that Gabriel Jesus has had a very disappointing 2018 year in general, was it with Manchester City, or especially Brazil’s national team where he received heavy criticism in the World Cup and was portrayed as the scapegoat, having scored a total of zero goals.
The young striker remains extremely talented, but a loan move to a side that would play him as their main option in attack would help him regain his confidence and hunger. It would be difficult to see Guardiola sacrificing a valuable substitute at this stage of the season, though, but at the same time, it’s unlikely that Jesus will become a regular ahead of Sergio Agüero, who has been on fire.
1 – Gabigol, Internazionale
There might be a misconception here, because it is true that Gabigol plied his trade for Santos in 2018, where he was the Brazilian league’s top scorer of 18 goals, but it is Inter who officially own his contract, as his loan spells expired. As it stands, Gabigol could find himself as a bench-warmer for the Italian club just like two-years ago. It’s crucial he finds his way out in January.