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Leandro Damião in the goals again and is contributing in different ways for Santos

Can he rediscover Olympics 2012 form?
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The clamour for Leandro Damião to be called up to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad is slowly building after the Santos striker scored again at the weekend.

Following the 24-year-old’s fourth goal for his new club against Oeste on Sunday, Lancenet.com decided to analyse the forward’s start in the city of São Paulo with Peixe.

Damião was criticised by fans following his failure to score in his first three matches but has now found some form and scored four times in his last five games as Santos have started 2014 impressively.

After his headed effort at the weekend in Peixe’s 4-1 win, coach Oswaldo de Oliveira said: “Damião is showing a very large collective spirit.”

It is that spirit and telepathy with youngster Gabriel – nicknamed Gabigol – that is helping Santos take the Campeonato Paulista by storm and they have already qualified for the knockout stages.

Lancenet.com back up claims made recently by Damião that he has been contributed in different ways, not just scoring, as they state that he is contributing with crosses and by assisting goals – attributes you wouldn’t normally associate with the former Internacional forward.

When Santos announced the signing of Damião for a hefty chunk of money they were criticised from many directions and, although it is only the State Championship, the 24-year-old is finally starting to show his form from two years ago again.


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