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Ney Franco to reevaluate Ganso's claims to starting spot after winner

São Paulo coach Ney Franco admits that the performance of Ganso in securing a late 3-2 win for his side over Ituano gives him a selection headache ahead of important matches to come.

Having cost the club around £7 million in September last season, it was anticipated that the Brazil international attacking midfielder would take his place in the club's first-team once fully fit.

However, with Ney Franco's preferred formation accommodating just one central attacking midfielder, Ganso has found it difficult to displace in-form Jádson from the starting lineup.

Having been introduced for right-sided forward Aloísio after 73 minutes, with the score at 2-2, Ganso made a defining contribution to head home Osvaldo's 89th minute cross and secure the Paulista side a much-needed victory after a disappointing midweek Libertadores defeat.

“He did what we asked of him,” Ney Franco said post-match. “He came on to help us out. Ganso is evolving and was decisive for us. It was an important goal to give him some confidence and earn him the confidence of the group and those around him.

“The expectation for Ganso was huge. I prefer not to talk about whether he should or should not be starting. I'll reevaluate it. If I feel secure about it, I'll make him a starter.”

Source: Globo Esporte

 
 

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