The newest and biggest buzz over a younger worldwide import to Main League Soccer is FC Cincinnati’s eight-figure buy of Brenner Souza da Silva from Sao Paolo in Brazil.
The 21-year-old is coming off a high ten scoring season in Brazil’s Serie A, nabbing 11 objectives and three assists in 1,929 minutes and including six objectives in six Copa Do Brasil appearances.
The video doesn’t lie: He’s a fox within the field with model to spare, a high ten scorer final season in Brazil who additionally ranked tenth in photographs per recreation, eighth in whole photographs contained in the penalty space, and 2nd on photographs contained in the six. He doesn’t cross loads, his 14.3 per recreation nineteenth on his crew, and his 0.5 key passes per recreation was ninth on Sao Paolo.
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However this isn’t so simple as questioning whether or not FC Cincinnati has finished higher than Atlanta did with Ezequiel Barco or Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez, neither is there a direct comparability to Diego Rossi’s transfer to LAFC.
It’s a real problem to wrap your head across the thrilling signing, particularly contemplating that Main League Soccer’s proving floor is an uneven one. High goalscorers in MLS are numerous of their kinds however most don’t smash their approach into the league’s game-changer class at Brenner’s younger age, and even earlier than their mid-20s.
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A Brazil U-17 common earlier in his profession, Brenner is a middle ahead with standing simply starting to seek out his powers.
His reported $13 million price is within the ballpark of some related current strikes in Brazil’s high flight, behind solely three strikes from the summer time of 2020: Antony’s $17M transfer from Sao Paolo to Ajax, Pedrinho’s $20M switch from Corinthians to Benfica, and Everton’s $22M sale from Gremio to Benfica.
How does Brenner evaluate to these non like-for-like gamers, by way of manufacturing? In some methods it’s unfair if solely as a result of FC Cincinnati has captured a golden egg, the out-and-out middle ahead coming into the prime of his profession, however let’s have a look at the numbers of their final seasons in Brazil, side-by-side.
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We are able to’t measure Brenner’s impression but, however first seasons for the opposite three have seen two large successes and one sluggish begin. Antony is tearing up the Eredivisie with eight objectives and eight assists in 1,241 minutes and Everton’s been efficient at Benfica with three objectives and 4 assists in 1,118. Pedrinho has struggled with simply 205 minutes throughout 9 appearances.
All of these leagues are virtually unquestionably higher by way of top-to-bottom expertise and depth than MLS, which is usually buoyed by its stars, so the bar ought to be pretty excessive for Brenner whereas accounting for adjustment to a brand new tradition. And positively observe that, proper now, there is just one different South American on the roster in younger Velez Sarsfield import Alvaro Barreal of Argentina.
It additionally is perhaps price evaluating Brenner’s numbers at his age to different free-scoring Brazilians who’re in our body of reference.
Brenner turned 21 on Jan. 16 and primarily performs as a middle ahead, although he’s operated beneath the CF and on the left wing.
Gabriel Jesus was 4 months from his twentieth birthday when he left Palmeiras for Manchester Metropolis on the heels of 17 objectives and 7 assists in underneath 2700 minutes between Serie A and the Copa Libertadores. He hit the bottom operating at Metropolis, scoring seven occasions with 5 assists in 741 minutes.
Gabriel Barbosa was nonetheless about to show 20 when he went from Santos to Inter Milan, scoring 15 occasions with seven assists in his final 1.5 seasons in Brazil. He solely scored twice and barely performed in two seasons between Inter MIlan and Benfica earlier than heading again to Santos, finally transferring again to Brazil full-time with Inter taking a $13 million tub.
How about Richarlison? Extra of a winger for positive, Watford purchased him from Fluminese in 2017 off a 7-goal, 7-assist season in 18 appearances for about the identical price as Cincinnati did Brenner. Additionally 20, Richarlison scored 5 occasions with 5 assists in his lone season at Vicarage Street and was in Everton as a double-digit scorer inside a 12 months.
Watford tried the identical trick in January 2020 with Joao Pedro, nonetheless 18 on the time of the transfer and coming off seven objectives and two assists in 28 outings. He didn’t function a lot within the Hornets’ relegation run-in, however has six objectives and two assists this season for the promotion-chasing facet.
Anyway, the general level right here is that there’s no purpose to place an excessive amount of of a ceiling on hope and hype for a giant seize, particularly if Cincinnati can feed the proverbial beast. The asks fairly a little bit of a crew that’s misplaced 37 of 57 matches in MLS, producing simply 43 objectives within the course of.
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High finisher, calculated danger: Cincinnati captures creativeness with Brenner initially appeared on NBCSports.com