He’s 5ft 9in, vision comparable to Mesut Özil, and is still in his teens. I give you João Félix.
Everything, from his tricks and flicks to his ice-cool finishing, screams world class. Primarily an attacking midfielder but occasionally used as a number nine, Félix has five starts in the Liga NOS this season, with four goals and one assist.
Would Anfield Work?
Props must be given to the Benfica coaching set-up. They know Félix has raw talent, a quality they haven’t seen for years, but they wanted more. Over the summer, they got him working on the defensive aspects of his game, ultimately culturing him into a prototype of the perfect midfielder.
Aggressive tracking from the ten role earns him good tackling stats in the youth teams and puts him straight on Jürgen Klopp’s shopping list. Klopp prides himself on a team that works hard to win the ball back but also has the quality to tear teams to shreds; I could quite easily see João Félix at the heart of a Liverpool side that could dominate Europe for years to come.
I could rant and rave about this Portuguese magician all day so let me try and tell you some of his weaknesses:
Left foot and Physicality
First off, his left foot is weak. This isn’t a huge problem when your right is as good as it is, but the way he plays, adding a quality left boot to his repertoire would significantly improve his game. I’m sure he works on it.
Second, If he were to join Liverpool (although it sounds like a £60m bid has been rejected), a slight issue could be adapting to the physicality of the Premier League. Weighing in at only 64kg, João Félix is at the extreme end of the scale and although he has the quality to ride challenges, there’s no doubt he would be targeted, similar to Jack Grealish at Aston Villa. It’s about whether he could handle it…
You may see the £70m+ price-tag slapped on the 19-year-old and think it’s an incredible risk to take, but this is one of the best players to emerge from any academy, never mind Benfica’s, for years. I’m excited for this transfer and you should be too…
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