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Players to Watch: Danilo Barbosa

Danilo Barbosa da Silva is Braga’s most recent Brazilian import and is currently on loan at Valencia CF. The nineteen year old, defensive midfielder, has already become an integral part of the Valencia’s midfield. With great technique and skill mixed with tenacity and also an ability to deal with pressure for such a young player. He has shown incredible versatility and produced some outstanding displays against some of the best players in the world.

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It not hard to see, that this wonderkid will be a world class player in the future. Although, his best position is still up for debate, he has been playing recently as the right sided central midfielder in a midfield three. And, playing more of a box to box role than his preferred deeper defensive midfield role.

I believe his best position in the future could be as a ball playing Centre Back like one of his idols, Thiago Silva. As, he does possess all the attributes that are required to become one of the world’s best in this position. In the midfield areas, he does lacks the creativity, passing range and all round attacking attributes to become one of the best in this position. Only time will tell to see what will become of Danilo’s position and journey to the top.


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