Fred is a player who I feel has received little praise for his performances of late, due to the constant media attention focused on Neymar.
However, I feel that Fred is just as pivotal to Brazil if they are to gain success in the forthcoming World Cup.
He isn’t necessarily the typical Brazilian player with tricks and flair in abundance, but what he does possess is a technical ability with a much more physical presence needed in modern football.
In his recent internationals before the Confederations Cup, he had achieved five goals in five games, including two goals in the two games against England.
This is a strike rate for any striker to be proud of and considering his recent spell in the team came after a four-year exile, he still nearly averages a goal every other game for his country which is a decent record.
However, even though his strike rate is impressive he brings so much more to the team then just his goals he is pivotal in all of the Brazilian attacking play.
By playing as a lone front man with the attacking talent of Neymar, Hulk and Oscar playing just behind him, means he needs to be able to link up the play with all this attacking talent surrounding him.
He is able to play with his back to goal and do the ‘dirty work’ of shielding and protecting the ball to ensure Brazil can maintain possession and help set up the attacking plays.
The reason this is vital is the Brazilian flair of 1970s is becoming increasingly difficult to play in the modern era. Therefore to have a player who is technically superb and yet can still have a physical presence is an attribute of increasing importance, especially if you want to play the passing football.
He can see the importance of his physical presence in the first goal at the Confederations Cup, scored by Neymar against Japan. The ball is drilled in by Marcelo and Fred has the physical and technical presence to chest the ball to his attacking team mate Neymar for him to blast the ball home from outside the box.
The importance of the relationship between Fred and the three attacking players just behind him is of critical importance if Brazil will be successful next year.
They need to create an innate understanding of each others' games to be able to realise where their team mate will be without even having to look for them on the pitch.
These relationships will enable them to create a good team bond and moral and I feel Fred needs to be an integral part of this. In addition to this next year there will beaded pressure put on his shoulders, due to him being an elder statesman of the team at the age of 30 when the World Cup starts and that he will be leading the line in a World Cup in his own country.
Overall, most of the media attention for the World Cup will be solely focused upon Neymar’s performances, but Neymar can only perform well if he is given the service he needs and Fred can help ensure this happens.
Fred needs to maintain the standard over the recent internationals and he might be the difference between Brazil winning the World Cup or not getting anywhere close.
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