Top Brazilian Talents in the Premier League This Season
The Premier League has a history of great Brazilian players showing their skills, but who have been at the top of their game this season?
David Luiz – Chelsea
When Chelsea brought David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge in the summer at a cost of £30 million, many speculated that it wouldn’t go well. How wrong they were. The Brazilian has been a revelation, spending most of the season alongside Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta in an almost unbreakable Chelsea defence – one that’s proving rather successful in this year’s Premier League. In fact, it’s likely that Luiz will go on to win the title with Chelsea this seasons – it's likely thet Luiz will go on to win the title with Chelsea this season - with many new betting sites having them as 1/20 favourites - and that is in no small part down to the success of Luiz’s second stint at the club.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
It’s been a somewhat frustrating season for Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool. Missing out of part of the season through injury, Coutinho hasn’t quite hit the heights we’ve seen in previous seasons, returning 10 goals and 6 assists so far. However, while he’s rather injury prone, we have seen sparks of greatness. Coutinho is a player who has a big goal, a big game and a big performance in him several times a season. If he can keep his fitness, he’ll have a big impact on Liverpool’s run in as they try to gain top four. It’s also worth mentioning Roberto Firmino, another Brazilian talent, who along with Coutinho is central to Liverpool’s Champions League aspirations.
Gabriel Paulista – Arsenal
An unusual addition. Playing second fiddle to Koscielny and Mustafi this season, Gabriel Paulista has found himself called upon only when injury or suspension has meant he has been needed. Often, Gabriel can look unsure at the back and Arsenal fans have been quick to criticise the Brazilian. That said, his recent performance against Manchester City in Arsenal’s FA Cup win has shown fans that he can compete with the very top players when called upon. He may have to convince fans further, but Gabriel has improved massively since he moved to England and should continue to do so if he gets the game time.
Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City
At only 20 years of age, Gabriel Jesus is certainly one for the future. He came into the Premier League with a bang, scoring three goals in his first two starts for Manchester City, but has been unfortunate with injury since. Pep Guardiola will be excited at the prospect of having this young talent in his squad for next season. Certainly one to watch, Jesus has all the ability to be a top player and is under the right management and in the right team to achieve great things in seasons to come.