Ajax’s ability to form tons of cash on their prized assets while replacing them with cheaper alternatives has been impressive lately and that they are going to be hoping for an additional success story when Antony arrives from Sao Paulo . The 20-year-old Brazilian has the unenviable task of getting into Ziyech’s boots.
Like the Moroccan he played from the proper wing within the Brasileirao last season and positively caught the attention , earning our second highest rating (7.14) for players aged 21 and under. Despite his youth, Antony was a mainstay for Sao Paulo . He had an immediate hand in 10 goals, scoring four and fixing six. he’s almost like Ziyech within the sense that he takes tons of shots for a modest goal return. He also has superb trickery, (completing 2.6 dribbles per 90 minutes).
Only one player aged 21 or under had a better rating than Antony within the Brazilian top flight last season which was his fellow winger Pedrinho (7.24), who has made the move from Corinthians to Benfica. The 21-year-old also plays from the proper and is during a similar mould to the Ajax-bound winger. He has scored a modest five goals from 28 appearances, fixing another four.
Another strong dribbler, Pedrinho may be a real creator from wide areas too, having found out 50 chances from open play in 2019 – only five players managed more within the Brasileiro. it’ll be interesting to ascertain where he fits in at Benfica. Their star player, Pizzi, has operated from the proper this season but he could enter the central playmaker role – as could Pedrinho for that matter – currently occupied by Adel Taarabt.
Alexander Nübel is being talked up because the new Manuel Neuer and he has followed within the Germany goalkeeper’s footsteps by making the move from Schalke to Bayern Munich on a free transfer. Nübel captained Schalke this season before losing his place amid the speculation of his defection to Munich. Schalke have played five games without him in goal, winning only one of them.
The 23-year-old could also be expected to fill in as Neuer’s backup at Bayern but he’s a huge figure between the posts and can produce other ideas. After all, since Neuer returned from a significant injury last season, he has been faraway from his imperious best. He has improved this season after a reasonably dismal 2018-19 campaign, but Neuer will got to be sharp once Nübel arrives. The new kid on the block are going to be expecting another slip-up.