Forward | Gremio | Brazil
It’s so easy to compare Brazilian wonderkids to Brazilian legends, yet it’s so difficult not to where Everton Cebolinha is concerned.
The 22-year-old possesses absolutely everything you would come to expect from a young Brazilian making a name for himself as the next best thing to come out of the Brasilierao.
With blistering pace, outrageous skill, deft technique and sheer strength, Everton has grown into a player who Gremio have heavily relied upon in recent years and with every season he has learned, improved and become even more important.
Able to play on the left or through the middle, Everton possesses all the ability required to be a devastating talent in the same mould as Neymar, perhaps even better.
He is yet to force his way in to becoming a regular for Brazil with just three caps to his name so far, but that will undoubtedly come in the near future should he continue his growth.
2018 has been…
…a year of learning and coming of age.
With all the promise and expectation Everton suddenly had on his shoulders, it came as little surprise to find him being closely monitored by Brazil boss Tite and eventually earning his first call-up in September.
Before then, though, Everton spent the early stages of 2018 becoming Gremio’s star player, so much so that they struggled when he wasn’t in the team, only winning one of the 11 Brasileiro Serie A 11 games he missed throughout the calendar year.
Rodrigo Oliveira, a local journalist working for Radio Gaucha said in August: “Everton is the player who makes the difference. Gremio are one team with him, and another without him.”
For a 22-year-old to hold so much importance over a team’s style of play and chances of success is testament to Everton’s ability and maturity in handling such high pressure.
With just two international caps to his name he must now force his way in to Tite’s plans permanently, and that may mean him moving to Europe in order to test himself at the very highest level.
Reports heading in to January claim Manchester United, Manchester City and several clubs across Italy and Spain are interested in Everton, so watch this space.