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Discovered an interesting article today discussing youngsters to look out for in Serie A this season. 




Vieira Luan (Grêmio) - 87 (Got +1 today)
A fleet-footed forward capable of playing through the middle or out wide, Luan came out of his shell when Roger Machado replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari last season and has since established himself as one of the division's most dangerous attackers.
He may be just as happy setting up goals as scoring them – only four players grabbed more assists than his 7 last season – but there is a coolness to his finishing that suggests he can become a prolific marksman. His brace against Atlético Mineiro said it all: two cool finishes, one off each foot, one at the end of a passing move, the other after a swift counter.
His importance to Grêmio is obvious: no Tricolor player comes close to his 3.5 shots per game, while his willingness to dribble (1.6 per game) and eye for a through ball (2.5 key passes per game) make him an all-round threat in the final third. Remember the name.
Furtado William (Internacional) - 85
With Dani Alves entering the twilight of his career and question marks over the other Brazil right-backs at present (Danilo, Fabinho), Inter youngster William could well find himself in the conversation after a magnificent start to the campaign.
He has helped the Colorado to 5 clean sheets in their opening 9 games of the season, contributing more tackles (4.2 per game) and interceptions (4.3 per game) than any of his teammates. That would be reason enough to be impressed, yet the 21-year-old has also had a big say at the other end of the field.
It was William's slalom run and cross that helped Inter see off a dogged São Paulo side in the second week of the season, and he chipped in with 2 more assists in the 3-1 win over América Mineiro. If he continues in this vein, Inter could have quite the asset on their hands.
Gabriel Jésus (Palmeiras) - 85
Already linked with a number of Europe's big clubs, the 19-year-old is fast becoming the hottest property in Brazil. Tipped for the top for some time, the striker has built on a promising campaign in 2015 to become one of the marquee attractions for Palmeiras this season.
Gabriel Jésus played mainly from the left last term and started the new season in a similar role, but injuries elsewhere have forced him to take more responsibility, often in a central striking position. He has thrived so far, using his awareness and quick feet to bring others into play rather than going it alone.
The stats underline his growing contribution: he attempts fewer dribbles per game than he did last season (1.3 last season, 0.8 this) but is crossing more, shooting more (2.8 per game from 1.9), passing more (7 more per game, currently) and winning more free-kicks. He can be a touch erratic at times, but he could become a Brazil regular if he continues to progress at the current rate.
Gustavo Scarpa (Fluminense) - 85
Midfielder Gustavo Scarpa has been a bright spark in a difficult season for Fluminense. The scuttling 22-year-old, who filled in at left-back at times last term, has established himself as the Tricolor's main attacking force with a series of busy displays.
No one in the division has more attempts on goal (a staggering 4.2 per game) and his gorgeous free-kick against Santa Cruz underlined his ability from dead balls. But there is also creativity to his game: he leads Série A in key passes (28 in 9 games) and accurate crosses (31). 
The recent sale of Fred to Atlético Mineiro means even more will be expected of Scarpa in the months ahead, but there is nothing that suggests he will not be able to rise to the occasion.
Vitor Bueno (Santos) - 80
With Gabriel and Lucas Lima away on international duty and Ricardo Oliveira injured, Santos desperately needed someone to step up to the plate. That someone was Vitor Bueno, who has continued as he left off in the São Paulo state championship with some zippy, positive performances in attacking midfield.
Vitor has played twice as many key passes (13) than any other Santos player, but perhaps the most notable aspect of is game is the willingness to shoot from all angles: he has had 22 shots on goal so far, 13 of them from outside the area. He has been rewarded for his desire with 4 goals in 9 games – a return that suggests he can be Santos' new talisman if and when Lucas and Gabriel move on.
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Points of interest:

  • Gabriel Jesus now has 10 goals in 13 games and has a huge WhoScored rating of 7.94. He's also now increased in value on SM from £7m to £8m, so very pricey for an 85 rating.
  • Elosman Euller keeps getting minutes for Vitória and has stayed in the top 10, worth keeping an eye on as he is only 78 rated.
  • The fantastically named Purificação Caíque has also been getting minutes for Vitória, 18 years old and currently only 73 rated. Will be interesting to see if he keeps getting minutes.
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Hey IIR, all I can tell you is from statistics and Walace Silva (according to WhoScored) is doing pretty well – he's about 20th in the current rankings.


He's played a lot of minutes and is clearly highly rated at 87 for a 21 year old, so unlikely to rise too much unless he moves over to a bigger club.


Awesome, thank you. What do you know about Matheus Reis?

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Gameweek 14


One new entry this week, with Yerry Mina for Palmeiras. Has started the last couple of games so will be interesting to see if he keeps his place. He's already 84 rated though. Another centre back that may be more of an investment however is Lyanco Vojnovic, who is starting more for Sao Paolo now and is seemingly playing pretty well! Only 77 rated too at the moment.



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Matheus Reis seems to have had a bit of a mixed season. He's got loads of minutes (1015 out of a possible 1260) and has had some really good games. However, he got sent off after only 9 minutes in his last game, and the game before that he only played 16 minutes so he might be falling out of favour. Sao Paulo had an awful run of form but whilst serving his ban in their last game they won 3-0... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Gameweek 15


Unfortunately not a very interesting gameweek in terms of this ranking system. Only one re-entry for Moraes Jorge with the top 6 staying the same. Douglas Augusto continues to play well and is getting a lot of minutes for a 19 year old. Lyanco Vojnovic, Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Yerry Mina did not appear at all this gameweek.



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Gameweek 22

Apologies to any followers of this post – no update in 7 weeks.

Since the last time I posted, there have been two departures from the Brasileirão that regularly featured in the top 10. Firstly, Gabriel Jesus has moved from Palmeiras to Manchester City earlier this month for £27m+ and secondly Gabriel Barbosa has moved from Santos to Inter Milan. Gabriel Jesus is however meant to be going back to play out the rest of the season in Brazil. 
These two players have now been removed from this list, so there are a couple of new players in the top 10 (you'd hope so after a 7 week absence!)


Points of interest:

  • After not updating this for a while (it's really time consuming...), I noticed that Jailson has been getting lots of minutes and starts for Grêmio and is still only 70 rated, so I've snapped him up straight away.
  • Wanderson Caju is a new entry for Santos, having played pretty regularly recently and according to WhoScored, pretty well at 7.35. Likely to rise from 78.
  • Since the season has moved on a fair bit now, I've updated predictions again after the earlier update.

Bonus – Players with the most minutes:


Points of interest:

  • Vitor Bueno is playing well and consistently for Santos, I think he'd be a pretty solid buy.
  • Santos Dodô is only 17 but as you can see gets a lot of game time for Coritiba. SM seems to like young players coming through so perhaps will get a good rise.
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Gameweek 35

OK, completely belated but had some time this evening. Here's another update and it's been shaken up quite a lot really.


Points of interest:

  • Yerry Mina has broken into the Palmeiras team since the last update and is the highest rated player in the entire Brasileiro. Got boosted to 84 in the last round of updates, so I imagine he will only go up by +1.
  • Furtado William is still second, despite Internacional being in the relegation zone. This would (I assume) hamper any rating increase.
  • Vitor Bueno has kept his place in the top 10, should get a solid rise of at least +3.

In the final installment of this sporadic series, I'll try and give a rundown of players to buy, but a heads up for some big risers are: Siqueira Jailson (70 + 12?), William Pottker (78 + 5?) and Tche Tche (78 + 6?).

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21 hours ago, Ângelo Andrade said:

thoughts on Zeca neto, caíque, gabriel frança, wanderson caju, jorge flamengo, artur internacional, jailson gremio, douglas augusto, vitor bueno, santos everton gremio, luis henrique botafogo, luiz araujo, roger guedes, willian arao, william fortuna e thiago maia

I'm interested in seeing how Jorge, Vitor Bueno, Luis Henrique, Thiago Maia and Roger Guedes do.

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On 11/30/2016 at 6:54 PM, Ângelo Andrade said:

thoughts on Zeca neto, caíque, gabriel frança, wanderson caju, jorge flamengo, artur internacional, jailson gremio, douglas augusto, vitor bueno, santos everton gremio, luis henrique botafogo, luiz araujo, roger guedes, willian arao, william fortuna e thiago maia

If I were to guess...

  • Neto Zeca – 85 > 86
  • Purificação Caíque – 73 > 77
  • França Gabriel got +4 to 80 on December 4.
  • Wanderson Caju – 78 > 81
  • Moraes Jorge got +2 to 85 on December 20.
  • Artur Batista – 80 > 82
  • Siqueria Jailson – 70 > 78
  • Douglas Augusto – 78 > 81
  • Vitor Bueno – 80 > 84
  • Everton Soares – 82 > 83
  • Luis Henrique – Stay at 80
  • Luiz Araújo – 70 > 77
  • Roger Guedes – 80 > 82
  • Willian Arão – 82 > 84
  • Thiago Maia – 83 > 85
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Gameweek 38 – End of season

The season finished with Palmeiras winning the league quite comfortably, with Santos and Flamengo joint on points in second and third respectively. At the other end of the table, Internacional unbelievably got relegated on the last game of the season and will play in the second tier for the first time in their history.


Points of interest:

  • The number one player according to WhoScored rating (disregarding Gabriel Jesus) is Furtado William of Internacional. Quite bizarre considering he's a defender at a club that got relegated, but there you go, finished with a rating of 7.29. Will he get picked up by a bigger team?
  • Yerry Mina got to number two and despite playing under 1000 minutes in the league this season, got a rise of +2 to 86 recently.
  • Giorgian De Arrascaeta had a fantastic season, consistently being in the top 10; in fact I'm not sure he ever dropped out of it! 9 goals and 9 assists was a great return, so he could go from 86 > 87 but not sure as Cruzeiro only finished 12th in the end. Surely one to watch though.
  • Vitor Bueno had a great season and I think is due for a pretty big rise soon. Considering he wasn't even on the database at the start of the season, he's been fantastic for Santos and played over 2500 minutes for the second placed team. Thiago Maia is in the same boat with a high amount of minutes for Santos, so expect a rise of at least +2 for him.
  • Ferreira Juninho played the most amount of minutes of any player under 21 in the league and clearly played well in those as well to finish the season in 6th place.
  • Wanderson Caju didn't play a great deal, but played well enough in those games to warrant a place in the top 10. A small rise will be in order for him.
  • Lyanco Vojnovic has been in and out of the team at São Paulo but played enough to get into 9th place. He's also been in and out of the top 10 all season, so even though his playing time has been sporadic, he's done well.
  • Finally, a new entry on the last game of the season, with Raphael Veiga of Coritiba rounding out the top 10. Late bloomer in the season but has come on leaps and bounds and should certainly rise from his current rating of 75.
  • Also, shout out to Gabriel Jesus who would have been top by quite a way. I think his recent rise to 88 was justified...

I've also compiled a top 10 of players with the most minutes, as SM certainly take this into consideration when giving players rises:


I think Emerson Santos of Botafogo is due a +4 here, purely for the amount of game time he got. 6.91 rating on WhoScored is not bad either.

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