Watching some of Neymar's breath taking displays for Santos and Brazil are enough to make any football fan excited. However, you can’t help but see a resemblance with how Robinho used to light up the Brazilian league.
Same club, same physique - Robinho’s infamous “lollipops” were YouTube sensations at the time and the whole of Europe was in awe of the youngster before enjoying a semi-successful stint at Real Madrid. However, we all know how his experience in England turned out.
There are a couple of reasons why Robinho didn’t succed in England and these same reason apply to why Neymar should avoid a move to England. The pace and tempo of the Premier League is so quick that he won’t have enough time on the ball to try all of his tricks. Also, for such a physical league his style wouldn’t be suited and he would find it much more difficult to adapt – again just like fellow compatriot Robinho.
Speaking of adapting, you can't help but feel that Neymar would be more familiar to the surroundings of a sunny afternoon playing away to Sevilla in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, rather than an away day to the Brittania stadium on a wet and cold Monday night.
Also, if he does go to say Chelsea, it won’t take long for fans to turn on him if the club find themselves losing a match and his incredible confidence leads to him trying tricks that may not pay off. You see, for all the YouTube clips that stream the Internet of Neymar’s skills, if you watch a full game for either Santos or Brazil you will witness that even though he has some amazing skills in his locker, a lot of the time it doesn’t pay off and he loses possession. Most of the Premier League big clubs will not take a gamble on a player like this, as it’s a more tactical league with less freedom of expression.
Looking at La Liga - and Barcelona in particular, the style of football and formation they play is similar to what Neymar is used to. If Lionel Messi is picked as the main striker, Neymar would still easily be able to slot into one of the wing forward positions that Barcelona usually play or vice versa.
With Real Madrid, he could slot in alongside either Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain up front or even play out wide. Speaking the same language as Cristiano Ronaldo, they could form a devastating understanding that would terrify opponents every time they attacked.
Although both equal in quality, the tempo in La Liga is slower compared to the Premier League and will give Neymar more time and space on the ball to work his magic. Also, if things don’t go his way in certain matches he could have a Messi or Ronaldo in his side to bail him out with their average goal per game ratio.
At the moment, Santos are trying everything in their power to keep the superstar until after next year’s World Cup in Brazil. However, it’s inevitable that he will eventually leave the club, and when that time comes he has to choose La Liga over the Premier League.
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