I feel that not many Premier League viewers know how good a player Sandro Raniere is. If we cast our minds back to January 2013, Sandro was labelled as one of the best Premier League midfielders in the league, and his partnership with Moussa Dembélé was indeed the best in the division.
Sandro was playing deeper than Dembélé and acted not only as a tough-tackling midfielder but also a deep-lying playmaker such was his range and accuracy of passing.
To put his talent into perspective Sandro has represented Brazil from U-19 level and was the U-21 captain at the 2009 South American Youth Championship.
He has made 17 appearances for the Brazilian outfit and scored one goal. He fought his way into the team surpassing the likes of Kaká and Luiz Gustavo.
He has also captained the senior Brazil team in some friendly matches denoting his authority and ability to control both a game yet also a team.
One of the highlights of his game, when playing for Brazil, is that he's not an orthodox Brazilian player with flair and guile but a tenacious defensive player who allows others to get the glory and the credit.
And that is why Brazil need him so much because they need someone back for when they lose possession. He is the 'unsung hero' of this Brazilian generation.
So what are the main qualities of Sandro's game? His best feature is his tackling and that is why he anchors almost every team he's ever played in.
He likes to sit just in front of the defence and act as both a fifth man in defence yet is also capable of deep surging runs when in possession.
But it is also his anticipation of play, his ability to read the game that makes him different gravy from the rest. He is able to see where the ball will go and where the man will turn before putting in a killer tackle.
Sandro had won, at the time of injury, the second highest amount of tackles in the league with 45, an incredible 62.5% of all those he attempted.
Sandro never stops.
He has the fitness of a long distance runner and a fierce determination. There is the classic example when he wasn't feeling too good and vomited on the pitch and then just got up and carried - a real trooper.
Sandro is also capable of brilliance in attack. He is the man who retrieves the ball and then plays it short to Dembélé or indeed long to Defoe or Bale. He is capable of either.
Similarly he is capable of absolute bullets and anyone who has any doubt about the Sandro shot only needs to look to that goal against Chelsea.
And, lest we forget, he's only 24. He has a very bright future. And playing alongside Dembélé and Paulinho, the Tottenham midfield is once again looking very strong.
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