Club: Shakhtar Donetsk
International Caps: 11
Position: Attacking Midfield Left
With Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly keen on Bernard, fans of both clubs will be eager to catch a glimpse of the 21 year old tonight. Although he is not yet considered an integral member of the Brazilian setup just yet, the Shakhtar Donetsk forward is regarded as one of his country’s finest young talents.
Having missed out on the winger last summer when he made the move to Ukraine, speculation is mounting that these Premier League heavyweights could be readying offers once again. The player himself refuses to speak “about the possibility of a transfer” due to his focus on the World Cup. Reports in Brazil claim however that the Bernard’s representatives are attempting to cancel his contract due to the current political unrest in the Ukraine.
Standing at just 5 foot 5 inches, the 21 year old has frequently had to overcome doubts over his diminutive stature. With a clear weakness in physical strength, there are those that question whether Bernard is really suited to the style of the Premier League.
But as he has proven for club and country, the forward has an electric turn of pace which perfectly complements his technique and low centre of gravity. Bernard frequently beats his man with a one-two or a quick flick, as well as his raw pace. The 21 year old likes to drift out wide and has demonstrated a keen eye for goal.
Whilst Bernard will most likely be utilised as an impact substitute at this year’s World Cup, he is expected to have a big future for Brazil. Concerns will always linger over his stature, but Arsenal or Liverpool could be rewarded handsomely if they make a move for the winger this summer.