In our third instalment of national squads, we have chosen the finest South Americans currently plying their trade in the Premier League. Just in case you missed our previous articles, click through to see the All-French Squad and the All-Spanish Squad.
South America boasts some of the finest footballing nations the world has to offer with football-mad countries like Brazil and Argentina. We’ll get to see just how crazy they are about football next summer when Brazil host the World Cup. With a few days before the season kicks off, let’s not delay, here is our South American Squad:
Unfortunately for this squad, there isn’t even a starting goalkeeper so we should fly straight past this and move onto the defence. Kicking things off at the back we have the most reliable right back in the league with Zabaleta (6.0m). He’s definitely ahead in the pecking order but Richards is bound to get some gametime over the course of the season with rotation a definite factor.
Barcelona are expected to make one final bid for our next player but Mourinho is adamant that he does not want to see Luiz (6.5m) leave Chelsea this summer. He’s clearly a talented player and despite some slight defensive worries, he is equally capable of playing a deep-lying midfield role as well as a position in the backline. Once again rotation is a factor and we will have to wait until the season starts before we get an idea of how Mourinho plans to keep players fresh whilst utilising the squad at his disposal.
Pardew will have been over the moon with the news of Coloccini (5.0m) agreeing to stay for another season, he is a rock at the back for Newcastle and is as important as any player for them. Following the opening match against City, Newcastle host West Ham, Fulham and Hull in the next 4 gameweeks as Pardew will look to start the season on a positive note.
The Brazilian Midfield
Amazingly, our midfield quintet are all Brazilian, with two gracing our shores for the first time. Fernandinho (8.0m) and Paulinho (7.0m) were signed by City and Spurs respectively for significant fees and they are expected to jump straight into their starting lineups. Fernandinho will tend to sit deep starting attacks from the back whilst Paulinho is expected to be a box-to-box midfielder. If we start to see attacking returns from Paulinho, expect his price to skyrocket from his current lowly fee of 7.0m.
Following our debutants we have a Chelsea double in the form of Oscar (8.5m) and Ramires (6.5m). This season, Chelsea seem spoilt for choice in midfield with players like Schurrle and De Bruyne joining the squad. Rotation is bound to be a factor where almost no Chelsea player could be safe. The most secure option would have to be Juan Mata but at 10.5m, he’s considerably more expensive than his counterparts.
Last up we have a Brazilian who should have no trouble at all with gametime following his impressive start to life in England. Coutinho (9.0m) may be only 21 years of age but his talent is there for all to see. Why Inter let him leave last season, we’ll never know but Rodgers is one happy manager. With excellent vision and an eye for goal, he’s sure to be a big player for Liverpool this season but it remains to be seen how the Suarez situation might affect his attacking returns.
The Title Winner, The Costa Rican and The Little Pea
Aguero (11.0m) followed up an incredible first season in the Premier League with one that was regularly interrupted by injury. He’s supposed to be fit for the season opener but following 2013/13, we wouldn’t be surprised if Pellegrini errs on the side of caution with Dzeko and Negredo impressing in pre-season. It’s clear that when fit, Aguero will be one of the first names on the scoresheet but with attacking reinforcements brought in over the summer, Pellegrini shouldn’t feel the need to risk his fitness.
A more budget-friendly option is that of Bryan Ruiz (6.0m), Berbatov’s partner in crime. Fulham haven’t got the friendliest of starts, travelling to both Sunderland and Newcastle, whilst entertaining Arsenal in between. However, following that they host West Brom, Cardiff and Stoke. Despite travelling to Chelsea in between, this is an interesting quartet of matches where Jol will be targeting victories.
Javier Hernandez (7.5m) has proven himself to be a useful squad player on more than one occasion, producing the goods when called upon. Despite frantic transfer talk with Valencia showing an interest and various swap deals involving the Little Pea, Moyes will not be keen on letting him go. If Hernandez does decide to stay, we would still recommend giving him a wide berth with gametime far from guaranteed.
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