Isaias Marques Soares is not a name that will ring many bells among football fans. Apart from being the first Brazilian to play in the Premier League, his time at Coventry was not at all remarkable.
Since Isaias’ low-key arrival at Coventry City in 1995, English Premier League has been a port of call for more than 60 of his countrymen, but those 20 years are yet to witness the arrival of an indisputably elite-class player. However, this season has showed signs that Brazilian attacking talent, albeit still characterised by the English media obsession with “putting a shift in”, is finally coming to the fore with the likes of Coutinho, Firmino.
Here is this article we have prepared a list of top 5 Brazilians in Premier League this season
Phillippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Phillippe Coutinho has always been an agile, creative and entertaining attacker who epitomise the style of play Brazil is famous for. Liverpool’s number 10, Coutinho, was was voted the club’s best player for the 2014-15 season is still regarded as one of new manager Jurgen Klopp’s most influential players. It was his brilliant equaliser in the last ten minutes of normal time which saw Liverpool through to the penalty shoot-out of the cup final.
Liverpool’s Brazilian superstar has been surely the brightest light in an inconsistent campaign and exactly encapsulates the current Liverpool team. At times he has been good enough to win matches entirely on his own, at others he has disappeared from sight surprisingly. When playing through the middle just behind the striker, Coutinho has always been devastating and opposition defences have really struggled to restrict him.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Firmino, who moved to Merseyside last summer after Liverpool secured a £29m transfer from Hoffenheim, was voted Liverpool’s best player throughout January. He has produced some brilliant performances after settling into life in Merseyside and now has 9 assists and 9 goals to his name so far this term. It was a shock when it was announced he’d been left out of the recent Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers as his team-mate, Coutinho, was included, but it seems Dunga realized his mistake, and recalled Firmino for the injured Kaka.
Klopp’s arrival at Anfield has seen Firmino emerge with a rich vein of form, coinciding with a move into his natural, central role in Liverpool’s forward line. After a slow start under former manager Brendon Rodgers, the Brazilian seems most likely to clinch Liverpool’s Player of the Year award at the end of this season, and his £29 million fee now looks something of a bargain. Such is the 24-year-old’s impressive form in 2016, Firmino has proved comparable to Liverpool icon Suarez, in his first half-season at Anfield in 2011.
Amid Chelsea’s tumbling house of cards, Willian has remained a relentless driving force, not to mention a frequent set-piece lifeline. The Brazilian has been the one constant for Chelsea this term, and has been without a doubt the player of the season at Stamford Bridge. In 2016 in total, Willian has created 28 chances in the Premier League, which is the most at Chelsea, with Cesc Fabregas not too far behind on 17.
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
The 30-year-old defensive midfielder have been crucial to Manchester City’s campaign this year and allow Pellegrini’s side freedom when going forward. Yaya Toure is often supported by one, or both of these players in midfield and they act as a shield in front of Manchester City’s strong back four.
Fernandinho is well known for his blistering pace and ability to shoot from long distances. He is described as “a defensive midfielder with a box to box style of play, contributing in large part to the defense and the attack. With a powerful shot and great passing range, Fernandinho has played an important part in breaking up opposition attacks and creating goal scoring opportunities.
This season, Oscar seems to have grown even stronger. He looks less boyish and more physically capable of handling the rigours of the Premier League. Oscar has drawn comparisons to players such as Ozil and fellow Brazilian teammate Kaka due to his playmaking abilities. A superb dribbler, Oscar is very fluid and creative in his runs. As a playmaker, Oscar has great vision and is able to deliver the precise pass to his teammates. Oscar is extremely effective in building up play in areas higher up the pitch and his cunning runs as well as skillful short range passing make him a threat in and near the opponent’s box. Although he typically played in central attacking midfield for Internacional, since his transfer to Chelsea, Oscar has been deployed as in all three attacking midfield positions behind the central striker.