Liverpool – and a host of other Premier League clubs – continue to be linked with a January swoop for André Trindade from Fluminense and following on from the Brazilian sides Copa Libertadores’ success on Saturday, it appears as though the 22-year-old’s stock has never been higher.
Whilst a move to Anfield is far from a certainty, Jurgen Klopp’s side are in need of a long-term defensive midfield solution and the Flu number seven looks to be a leading candidate for the role.
As such, we spoke to the highly-rated YouTube channel Tactical Manager (@ManagerTactical) – run by Filippo Silva – to get some more information on the Brazil ace.
He is a right-footed CDM and has played multiple times as a lone CDM in a 4-3-3 formation and as part of a double pivot in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
He is predominantly right-footed but he is not one-footed by any means, he can use both but obviously tends to use his right foot more often.
He is extremely technical when it comes to short/long passes (distribution) but from what I have seen he is at his best progressing the ball forward just dribbling on his own to break a press for example. I am not comparing him to N’Golo Kante but somewhat what Kante used to do, even though he also has good passing range.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Defensively he was among one of the best in Brazil in tackles and interceptions. He is great defensively and some are even saying he could replace Casemiro in the National Team soon.
Now here is one issue, he is short. So he is not good at defending or attacking set pieces. Does not win many aerial duels either. However he is extremely strong and physical, he will win most 50/50 balls on the ground and tackles.
Another issue is due to his physicality, he gets a lot of yellow cards, which leads to suspensions. That’s something he has to improve.
He also does not score much or get assists, since his duties are mainly defensive and he isn’t an aerial threat on set pieces. He isn’t necessarily a playmaker either, although occasionally you’ll see some decent long-range shots.
Essentially his role is to protect the backline and get the ball to the attacking mids, wingers and forwards.
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He will be fine with the EPL’s physicality and he has the technical side. My concern is adapting to Klopp tactically. It’s a far different approach from Fernando Diniz, which is the manager he thrived with at Fluminense. Can he do it? Of course but that would be one concern and it might take him some time.