After a successful start to his professional career, 19 year old Brazilian Carlos Casemiro is now a target for Tottenham Hotspur to add some much needed steel to their midfield.
Brazil had a couple of nutbrained defensive midfielders in the last World Cup – thanks again, Mr. Dunga. They were incapable of giving through balls, scoring from long distance or even avoiding unnecessary fouls and cards. But truth be told: there weren’t any really brilliant players in that position to be part of the Seleção at that time. Since then, things have changed. Amongst the good sambaboys coming along is Tottenham Hotspur's Sandro, who is now a frequent bearer of the yellow T-shirt. Though White Hart Lane is surely proud of their Brazilian wonder, another rising star is now a strong bet to make it to the first team both at the Spurs and at the hosts of the 2014 World Cup. That is São Paulo FC’s Carlos Casemiro.
At 19 years of age, he is stylish enough to make some people remember Falcão – a hero in his own country as well as in Italy, due to the Serie A title he gave AS Roma in 1983. Casemiro surely has skills that remind Brazilians of the so called “King of Rome”: he has strong defensive abilities, can shoot long distance and is also a qualified passer. He could provide good protection in the midfield, as long as he has more freedom than Sandro. That could make him an important surprise element up forward, whenever Modric is heavily marked, so Bale’s speed is better used by Spurs - who are said to have offered 13 million euros for the Brazilian starlet.
Casemiro started at the youth camp in São Paulo FC and made his debut amongst the pros last year. That qualified him to be in Brazil's U20 team for the South American championship this year. He dominated the midfield, was key to the Brazilian title and scored three goals in nine matches, which made Barcelona FC set sights on him. Since then, he never left São Paulo FC’s first team. So far, he has scored eight goals for his club and given more than 10 assists. He's likely to play for Brazil in the London Olympics next year. Tottenham had better step up to Sign him, otherwise he’ll be in Britain in 2012 as someone else’s Falcão.
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