Brazil is the land of famous coffee, beautiful football, and god-gifted footballers. Football is the ultimate religion of this South American nation.
So when it comes to production lines for talented young footballers, there is probably none bigger than Brazil.
So, Khelpanda has prepared a list of five Brazilian football promises from five different clubs who can shine and add another level of excitement to the ever-charming English Premier League.
Lincoln Correa dos Santos is 18 years old and is about to reach the age of maturity. Lincoln made his professional debut more than a year ago on November 19, 2017, when the Rubro-Negro team defeated Corinthians 3-0. In December 2017, the Spanish newspaper AS reported that Atletico Madrid made a huge proposal for the young man, though were quickly denied by the red-blacks. In March 2018, Flamengo renewed the contract of Lincoln until 2023, with a termination fine of 50 million euros. The young man has the characteristics of scoring goals allied with the physical force and made a point of demonstrating against Gremio in the Brazilian Cup, and good presence of area.
The year 2019 should be decisive in his development. Flamengo believes very much in the quality of the striker and it is imagined that, in the next year, Lincoln will have more opportunities, in a process similar to what happened with Vinicius Junior.
In the context of Brazilian football, Everton Soares is no longer a promise but a reality. Plying his trade with Gremio shirt since 2016, Cebolinha had a great 2018, becoming one of the notable players in Brazil, also claiming the Brazilian national team jersey. At the age of 22, he had such a good year that he was able to overshadow teammate Luan, who was voted the best player in Libertadores and the Americas in 2017, becoming the main player of the team led by Renato Gaucho, and obviously attracting the interest of some clubs in Europe. This Brazilian sensation, having played 43 matches in 2018 scored 17 goals. The Gremio shirt number 11 combines speed and quality of dribbling and finishing on the left side of the attack. Such characteristics are seen in Premier League games, in players like Anthony Martial and Leroy Sane. For Everton, there is still a great margin for evolution, which can make it an important piece for the Brazilian team in the coming years.
Pedro Guilherme Abreu dos Santos is from Rio de Janeiro and is 21 years old. Just like Everton Soares, 2018 was the year of Pedro, who took the shirt 9 of Fluminense after the departure of Henrique Dourado and made the fans not to miss the now Flamengo player. Fluminense’s number 9 shirt is now the undisputed artillery of the Brazilian Championship, in addition to having scored important goals in the South American Cup. Pedro acts as a center-forward, but far from being only the goal scorer, he often tries to build up the play. The 1,85 m Fluminense athlete has a lot of resources, and a lot of intelligence inside the game and great decision-making, so much so that he was called by Tite coach for the Brazilian team. In the Premier League, he could repeat the footsteps of his former teammate Richarlison. He has the quality and may soon leave Brazilian football.
21-year-old Bruno Guimaraes is having a season with great performances with the Athletico Paranaense, being one of the responsibilities for their recovery this season. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he appeared in football at Gremio Osasco Audax, standing out in the Sao Paulo Junior Football Cup in 2017. He aroused the interest of the Athletico Paranaense, who hired him in the first half of 2018. In most matches at Atletico-PR, Bruno Guimaraes formed the midfield trio with Argentine Lucho Gonzalez and Raphael Veiga. Usually, he forms the first line in the middle of the pitch, and have the strength of good passes, both short and long, besides being a good scorer. One of the main promises of Brazilian football, Bruno is managed by the Giuliano Bertolucci, responsible for nurturing great Brazilian players in the past. Teams like Napoli, Zenit, and Shakhtar Donetsk are already monitoring this upcoming talent from the land of Jogo Bonito.
Liziero, or Igor Liziero, is a native of Sao Paulo, and the main revelation of Sao Paulo in 2018, having been elected the best player of the Copa Sao Paulo Junior Football. He mainly works as a midfielder, being his role of origin, but in the beginning also played a lot as left-back, standing out for the quality of passes he provided. The 20-year-old has the characteristics of the modern midfielder. He is a versatile midfielder and can play in different positions in midfield. With a contract with Sao Paulo until 2023, he can also leave before, most likely in 2019. Italy is a very possible destination for Liziero, but a trip to England would not be surprising. Liziero has the potential to evolve further and act in a great league. For being smart, he should have no problem adapting to the dynamic English football, a process that would be excellent for his development.