Just in time for Copa America, David Neres, a new attacking talent raised at Ajax could produce the perfect forward trident for Brazil
Brazilian football has always produced some of the most talented players in the world, but the situation has been a bit different in recent years, as the five-time World Champions were on the verge of finding themselves without an in-form option for the right-hand flank, ahead of Copa América.
That was until David Neres popped up and impressed the manager on his first match for the national team.
David Neres has come a long way over the past few years, from being the promising youngster who made his debut for São Paulo back in 2016, to an established star in European football who shines on the biggest stages in the world. Such as the Santiago Bernabéu, where his decisive goal helped Dutch giants Ajax cause a big upset against Real Madrid, and eliminate the reigning champions of Europe on home soil.
Neres is having an excellent season with the evidence of eight goals and 10 assists in all competitions helping Ajax book their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, as well as closing the gap with direct rivals PSV Eindhoven to just two points, in the Eredivisie.
The latter came following a brilliant goal from the 22-year old, who fooled the defender and placed the ball in the back of the net in the Dutch classic against leaders PSV, helping the home side secure a precious 3-1 victory. The moment is now on Ajax’s side, ahead of a very decisive ending to the season.
Not only does David Neres provide end-product, he offers brilliant dribbling skills, a great first touch, close control and through-balls. The youngster has vision, intelligence, and a good-reading of the game required from a Brazilian representing the Seleção.
Neres has surpassed Willian, meaning that Brazil fans can finally breathe some fresh air, as they will have a fluid front line of three attackers with good end-product in Neymar JR, David Neres and Roberto Firmino. This seems to be the ideal combination for the upcoming South American tournament.
A game-changer from Ajax
The positive effect that David offered when entering in the second half against the Czech Republic was pretty obvious. He was quite clearly the man of the match, despite not even starting. It seemed like everything that touched his feet would turn into gold, as he organized Brazil’s attacks, led the passing plays, and created space for him and his teammates, thanks to his wise movement.
A very important factor for the rising star is that he seems to show his best form in the most decisive moments, even when he is under pressure. It is certainly a trait of great players, although he is still pretty much a raw talent in many aspects. If Neres can continue to progress every season the way he is doing now, it might be a matter of time before he becomes one of the most important player for both Ajax and Brazil. That is of course, if Ajax can resist the massive offers that will be coming for him in the summer, that is.
Globoesporte has confirmed that Brazil boss Tite was very pleased with what he saw from David Neres, both in training, in terms of attitude as well as during his cameo against the Czech Republic. The Ajax man has all the qualities to become a key figure in European football, over the next few years.