Highly rated and loved in his home country, Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura has found himself in the cold, isolated from the national setup.
The former Sao Paulo star moved to France in January 2013 and while he has been hot and cold, the 22 year-old has shown more than enough guile, creative instinct and cutting edge to warrant a place Dunga’s plans.
Hailed as a great prospect along with current Brazil captain Neymar, the 5ft 8in speedster has not really lived up to his massive potential just yet; however his qualities are precious in the modern game and he is at a very good level at the moment.
His style is a bit unique and his attributes are what could be the missing piece from the Brazilian set-up. The stylish, free-flowing, one and two touches passing style of traditional Brazilian football seems to be a thing of the past and the search for a new style is still in effect.
Having witnessed the Selecao at the FIFA World Cup last summer, the likes of Neymar, Hulk, Oscar and Willian struggled to break teams down. Too often they lacked that cutting edge either in wide positions or through the middle to get behind the opposition defence.
Pace to burn
There is also the lack of genuine pace in attack which is critical in the modern game as well as the lack of quality on the substitute’s bench. For example if a game is in the balance and need someone to come on and create a spark, there wasn’t enough or any option on the bench for then manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and much the same for Dunga at the moment.
With Lucas Moura in the squad, the Selecao has a player with excellent natural ability and qualities. On first sight the PSG playmaker is brilliant on the dribble. He gets past his opponents with much ease with the ball at his feet and his direct style running at defenders.
His electric pace is also a huge aspect of his game. He is extremely explosive over the first 5-10 yards which allows him to get away from his markers in a split second. His pace allows him to get behind the defence either with the ball or his movement off the ball and therefore his presence on the pitch spells danger for the opposition.
Dunga has found Roberto Firmino of Hoffenheim to ease some of the attention from Barcelona’s Neymar, however the inclusion of the former Sao Paulo speedster not only adds quality to the squad but more creativity, pace and goals.
Lucas has been criticised for not scoring many goals however he is excellent at creating opportunities for his teammates. He has a good assist record and is currently enjoying his best season in terms of goals this year. He has seven goals and five assists in all competitions this season and there seems to be a lot more maturity in his game which of course is a great sign in his development.
At the age of 22 years, the 5ft 8in winger still has a long way to go in terms of honing his craft. His pace, power and direct style of play is essential to the modern game which makes him a great asset for any team he represents.
His pace could be the difference for the Selecao in terms of getting behind the defence and creating opportunities for his teammates especially those advancing from midfield since this Selecao squad lack a top class striker in this moment.
He may well get his chance to prove his worth at this summer’s Copa America however if Dunga and his coaching staff is paying close attention they will realise that the PSG speedster is the only player that offers qualities that are not in the current squad that is critical in our beautiful game today.