Gabigol set to be called by Tite for Senegal and Nigeria Games
Tite will announce his Brazil squad for October matches against Senegal and Nigeria in October. With Gabriel Jesus still suspended for his needless red card in the Copa America final, Tite is left with another attacking position to fill. It would be a huge surprise if he did not take the opportunity to look at Gabriel Barbosa, who is comfortably the leading scorer in the Brasileirao with Flamengo. Flamengo could be in a near future sponsored by a casino online brand with the new law in Brazil.
His 16 goals have given Fla a 5 point cushion at the top of the table and he topped a very impressive season so far with a sumptuous winner against his former club and the current second placed team Santos on Saturday. The finish was insouciant and an illustration of the confidence that he has rediscovered since returning to Brazil. If you’re a betting man, take a look at the latest acca bets, this can help you see which players have been preforming, and shows you who actually deserves a call up.
On the edge of the area, he had the confidence to trap the ball, look up and assess his options, before delivering an outrageous chip that kissed the cross bar on its way in. This was a man who knows he is in the form of his career after a few troublesome seasons in Europe. As a teenager, Gabigol was seen as a prodigy who would eventually lead the line for the Selecao alongside Neymar- two Santos youth products.
However, Gabigol’s career has been managed irresponsibly by his agent Wagner Ribeiro. Following Brazil’s 2016 Olympic triumph, Ribeiro sought to cash in on Gabigol’s visibility at the tournament with a rushed move to Italy. That he pushed through a rushed, deadline day move to the utterly dysfunctional Inter Milan compounded the error.
Unsurprisingly, Gabigol did not settle at all in Serie A at a club that changes it coaches with a regularity only rivalled by your average Brazilian club. He went on loan to Benfica, but loan spells for young South American players rarely work- players in that position need to feel valued and that they have a home. Despite confessing to homesickness, Gabriel Jesus’ move to Manchester City has paid off because he is an important player that Guardiola had an immediate plan for.
Gabigol had to return to Brazil to rebuild his shattered confidence after an ill-fated and ill-thought out sojourn to Europe. He is now recognised as possibly the best player in Brazil at the moment and there is a good chance he will be rewarded with a call-up to the international squad on Friday, which would be his first call-up for three years.
His form for Flamengo will again alert European scouts to his talent and he is young enough to start again at a European club. Fla fans may not welcome that attention just yet, but they were able to buy Gabigol precisely because of the lucrative sales of Vinicius Junior to Real Madrid and Lucas Paqueta to AC Milan.
January is a more opportune time for Brazilians to move to Europe because that marks the pre-season period in Brazil. Summer transfer window moves, in European parlance, are more troublesome because that represents the halfway point of a busy Brazilian calendar. After a few years in the wilderness, it feels like Gabigol is again in a position to recognise his vast potential.