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In focus: Leandro Damiao

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Damiao continues to impress for both club and country. (©GettyImages)
Damiao continues to impress for both club and country. (©GettyImages).

Brazilian youngster Leandro Damiao is seemingly one of the most sought after strikers on the planet at this moment in time, with no less than Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham reportedly chasing his signature.

While Arsenal and Liverpool have yet to have their interest in the 22-year-old confirmed, Spurs have been credited with a bid for Damiao by the player himself.

With a potential summer move on the cards for the Damiao, GMF takes a closer look at the Internacional star...

PROS

As is the same when pursuing any striker, the first criteria looked at will be the ability of that particular player to hit the back of the net. And, conveniently, Damiao is particularly potent when in front of goal.

During his first season in the Internacional first-team, Damiao notched the respectable tally of 12 goals in 35 games, but really demonstrated his potential during the following campaign.

Last term, Damiao managed a quite spectacular 40 goals in 51 games to announce himself as one of the finest young players operating in Brazil.

What also marks Damiao out as an excellent prospect is his ability to score a variety of different goals, thanks to both his physical attributes and technical prowess.

Standing at 6ft 1in, Damiao possesses solid aerial ability, while he also boasts impressive ball control and can show the defender a clean pair of heels.

CONS

As is always the case when looking for potential acquisitions in South America, there will be doubts over Damiao's ability to transfer the form he has show on home soil to the English game.

The Premier League is arguably the most physically demanding in the world, and a number of South Americans have tried and failed to forge careers in England.

And, with Internacional reportedly demanding €30 million for their prized asset, signing him could prove to be quite risk by Spurs, Arsenal or Liverpool.

VERDICT

With Damiao regarded as one of the finest strikers to emerge from Brazil in a generation, his acquisition would be quite a coup for Arsenal, Spurs or Liverpool.

His ability to play as a lone centre-forward or as part of a three-pronged attack would make him an asset based on his versatility alone.

But, what marks Damiao out above all is his goalscoring prowess, although there is of course no guarantee he will prove as potent next season.

However, despite being unable to boast any experience of playing outside of Brazil, signing Damiao would be a risk worth taking.

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