Fred has been the target of criticism for the past few months after being selected as the first choice for Brazil’s attack.
Fluminense’s striker was again impressive against Italy in the Confederations Cup in which he scored on two occasions.
It is no easy task to be the last man standing on the front row of the Seleção, a national team quite fond of style when finishing. Even more difficult will be to maintain the current run of form, since Fred is not the only Brazilian centre forward capable of scoring. A year away from the World Cup, the next months will be decisive for the 29-year-old striker to keep his composure, with other names lurking for a chance.
Leandro Damião was ready to enter the Confederations Cup, until he suffered a leg injury. Internacional’s striker was one man to be watched, since he is currently on top of the list of some European clubs. Like Fred, Damião is a footballer who knows the spirit of Brazilian football and is capable of producing stunning moments among his countrymen.
Diego Costa was another choice due to the forward’s great versatility and cold-hearted posture in front of goal. The lack of international experience and time spent in Brazilian football was definitively a concern for Luiz Felipão Scolari, an aspect that could originate a gap between Diego and his teammates.
Alexandre Pato could also take the Canarinha onwards. The former AC Milan striker is a viable option, gathering seven goals in his return to the Brasileirão, under the shirt of Corinthians.
At the age of 23, Pato wore the yellow shirt of Brazil 24 times, scoring nine goals. If he is able to achieve his former pace and avoid constant injuries, Fred might be in for a hard time.
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