Flair, samba feet and creativity. Those are the main characteristics of the greatest players Brazil has produced. Well, don't expect any those from Shaktar Donetsk's Jadson - the midfielder Arsenal wants to replace Cesc Fàbregas with. The 27-year-old can surely play some tricks and is surely an efficient player. But even in his country he is not regarded as a world class footballer, despite his four recent caps for the Selecao, including the Copa America tournament this year.
Jadson never really exploded as player in Brazil. He started at giants Internacional and failed to make it to the first team. In 2003, he was transfered to middle-of-the-table Atletico Paranaense. A bunch of good displays gave him a generous contract with Shaktar in 2005. In exchange, he paid off with dozens of long distance goals and, most importantly, the decisive one in the 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen in the 2009 Uefa Cup final. The right-footed Brazilian has won titles every year since he arrived in Ukraine.
Brazil's coach Mano Menezes used him in a few matches to reinforce marking in the midfield and still be able to take the ball to the strikers
Born in Londrina, in the southern region of Brazil, Jadson could well be taken as a German player. He is not a brilliant playmaker, but he is competitive and has good passing skills. His long range shots are well above the average. Brazil's coach Mano Menezes used him in a few matches to reinforce marking in the midfield and still be able to take the ball to the strikers. Jadson did reasonably well, despite the criticism of the millions who had never even heard of him until he was wearing yellow. One goal scored.
If Gervinho brings about the hopes of a stylish Gunner team, just like a few years ago, Jadson signing would go in the opposite direction. He is more of a Boring Arsenal player: his skills might work, especially for a club that is suffering from identity crisis. But surely won't be much fun (unless he gets some silverwear to make fans forget Cesc as he shows up in the best team on the planet).
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