Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley has reportedly discovered an exceptional talent in the form of Rodrigo Caio during the recent Toulon tournament, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old is currently plying his trade in his native country with Sao Paulo. He was named the best player of the tournament as Brazil won for the eighth time in its 42-year history and will now return home to continue the league campaign with his club.
The report states that the Gunners influential chief scout Rowley will recommend the club keep close tabs on the Brazil wonder-kid following the recent scouting mission in France.
It further states that Wenger’s close confidant made the trip to the recent Toulon tournament to keep an eye on the world’s best emerging talent and will now recommend his scouts closely monitor the progress of Rodrigo.
The youngster would struggle to get a work permit to play in England having never played for Brazil’s national side but the Gunners have experienced success in getting work permits for similar players in the recent past…eventually.
He is a central defender who can also play as a midfielder. He is a good tackler and knows how to position himself very well on the field, making it difficult for opponents to counter attack. He even played as a winger showing a lot of quality in his passes, crosses and positioning.
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While in defence, he appears to anticipate the ball well and is decent in the air. His lack of pace is exposed when he plays further forward however, as he is slow in efficiently connecting the midfield with the attack.
One of the last Brazilian players we signed with so much hype was Denilson, but he didn’t develop into the player Wenger expected him too. However compared to his compatriot, Caio is much more experienced and mature. He has lot of potential and if he can successfully integrate into English football he has the attributes to become a world class player.
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