Transfer Scouting Report: Bernard
Who is Bernard?
Bernard is a 20 year old winger currently playing for Atletico Miniero in the Brasileirao. This transfer window has seen him heavily linked with many top clubs and in particular Dortmund, Arsenal and Liverpool. Despite being criticised from a young age about his height, nobody can question his superb dribbling skills and blistering pace.
Bernard’s style of play is a delight for fans who enjoy exciting football filled with technical ability and trickery. Despite being able to play across the entire front three behind the striker, he is predominantly on the left wing. His vision is excellent and he’s equally as good at combining quick one-two’s and fast interchanges of play.
His major strength is that he’s two-footed. He passes and shoots with both feet and is never pressured off the ball due to his inability to switch which foot he leads with. His small stature (he’s 5´5/1.67m) is often criticised however his ability outweighs the negatives of his build.
He made his debut for the club on 23rd March 2011 in a bizarre situation surprisingly playing Right Back due to injury woes at the club. 2012 proved to be pivotal for the young Brazilian, as he would go on to score 11 goals and 12 assists in 36 appearances for the first team, and as a result has gained a high reputation in world football despite being only 20.
He made his first team debut for the Brazil national team on the 21st of November 2012. He was most recently a member of the Brazil senior squad who won the Confederations Cup and his performances have only stirred further interest from Europe.
Regularly featuring in the 1st team Bernard has shown from the left wing that he makes up for his somewhat lack of strength by moments of brilliance with his technical attributes.
Often being categorised as being similar to stars Lucas Moura, Coutinho and even in some cases Neymar who knows what the future will hold for the young star.
Bernard’s name is becoming more and more common in the papers with Arsenal being reportedly close to making a bid of £21m.
Other clubs such as Spurs and Liverpool are also keen as well as Dortmund, but Dortmund are unlikely to spend large money again after recently capturing Henrik Mkhitaryan and Spurs’ making a formal bid will depend largely on the future of Gareth Bale. With Arsenal out in front the ball is now in the court of the other clubs on whether they are going to back up their interest with a bid, and only time will tell where the young starlet will end up.