Brazilian attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino was rewarded for his 22 goals in 37 games by being named the Bundesliga's 'breakthrough' player of the season for 2013-14.
The skilful playmaker also managed 12 assists contributing to the award as well as a Brazil call-up, and he scored in his second game for the South Americans. It was quite a rise for the 23-year-old.
Firmino is in line to make his first Brazil start this week in France against Paris, despite competition from Oscar (still also likely to start), highly-rated Chelsea target Douglas Costa, as well as Costa's Shakhtar teammate Bernard and Lazio talent, Hernanes.
It will be a further accolade in the career of the 1899 Hoffenheim player and it is expected that he will leave the club in the summer transfer window, a move overseas seemingly awaits.
Firmino has been linked with a move to the Premier League for almost two years, and hopefully it won't become a case similar to that of Wesley Sneijder, in which he was linked with Manchester United every window for four years, and ended up in Turkey when he finally left the San Siro.
He is also heavily linked to Manchester United, but there is also reported interest from Liverpool and Arsenal. United are supposedly the most likely, however, and with a release clause of just £14.5 million he could be a quite a bargain.
If he impresses as he did last season, we could be seeing the Brazilian tearing the Premier League apart next season and many seasons after. The English game would seem to suit his style of play, and he would be an exciting addition indeed if a club takes the plunge.
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