With Gabriel Barbosa looking likely to become Jose Mourinho’s fifth signing of the summer thus far, we take a look at five essential things you need to know about the Brazilian.
Even since the age of eight, Barbosa has always had an eye for goal. Throughout his eight seasons at Santos youth leagues the talented youngster netted over an incredible six hundred goals, earning him the nickname Gabigol.
Since making the grade to Santos first team, Barbosa has continued in similar fashion scoring a total of fifty six goals in one hundred and fifty two appearances.
With united reportedly wanting to add more new faces to their attack, Barbosa could be the man to deliver the goods at Old Trafford.
Man for the big occasions
Throughout his time in Santos, the youngster has earned a reputation of been the man for the bigger occasions, stepping up to the plate and delivering when it matters most.
Barbosa netted the club’s historic twelfth thousand goal against Botafogo in 2014, before later going on to net a mighty impressive 21 goals for the calendar year finishing ten goals ahead of club’s big money man Leandro Damiao.
There are almost certainly going to be some massive games this campaign, and with Barbosa already showing that he is a big-game payer, he could be the man to be called upon when the bigger games come calling.
Despite only being nineteen years old, Barbosa would bring with him plenty of footballing experience. Having made his footballing debut at a mere sixteen years of age, Barbosa is already playing his fourth competitive season for Santos.
At International level Barbosa has featured four times for Brazil since making his debut back in March earlier this year and is currently representing his national side at the Rio Olympics.
Few teenagers out there have the experience Barbosa has at that age. It is a trade that is a real rarity.
Barbosa may be best known for his goal-scoring ability, but the Brazilian also has a lot of tricks in his locker.
The Youngster’s neat dribbling and trickery on the ball has become something of a forte for Barbosa, who over the years has entertained the Santos faithful with his delightful party tricks on the ball.
If the Brazilian is to join up at Old Trafford, expect plenty of entertainment whenever Barbosa receives or even touches the ball.
Despite being primarily left-footed, Barbosa is more than capable of using both the left and right foot to shoot, dribble, pass or cross the ball.
Having the ability of been both footed is a great advantage for the youngster, as it gives the opposition no real clue of where he is about to go.
Been able to use both feet could prove really convenient for the player if he moves to Old Trafford. With Mourinho likely to be changing his teams for the different competitions, it would give Barbosa a great chance of starting for the Portuguese, as he would be able to fill on both the left or right hand side and with united competing in four competitions he would find game time more possible.