The Blues are said to have completed their first signing for the summer, according to Paco Belmonte. The Brazilian Wonderkid, Gabriel Menino is said to be the first signing for Chelsea for the summer under Thomas Tuchel.
Gabriel Menino started his football career at a second division club in Brazil named Guarani FC. He sharpened his skills at the Youth side of the club. After 4 years of hard work, his skills were recognised by the 1st division side, Palmeiras who signed him in 2017.
He continued with his Youth training and had a dream 1st year at the club. He was a part of the team that won the Copa do Brasil Sub-17 competition. Gabriel developed incredibly as he was promoted to the first team after spending 1 more year at the Youth Academy.
And he had the perfect debut one player could only dream of. He made 26 appearances in his first year and scored a goal. Well, how can that be the dream start? Because it isn’t. The thing that made it perfect is that he won 2 out of the 3 trophies Palmeiras won that season. Gabriel won Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores with Campeonato Paulista won by the club before his promotion.
He won individual recognitions as well, as he was named in the CONMEBOL Libertadores Team of the Tournament and the Youth Team of the Year in 2020. The 20-year-old midfielder featured for the Brazil U-20 side at the South American Championship in 2019.
He got his international first-team call-up in September. Although he was withdrawn after testing Covid positive, he is destined to be a remarkable player for the Country.
Has Chelsea won the race for Gabriel Menino?
Menino has been compared to the Manchester City great, Yaya Toure because of his style of play. He is physically as strong as Toure as well as plays just like him in the midfield. Often deployed as a defender, Gabriel is a box-to-box midfielder who excels at any position he is thrown into. However, as a right-footer, he prefers to play on the right side of the pitch which can be taken as his strong side.
“I used to work at Guarani and I was the Under-14 and 15s coach. He marked well as he does now, and he was strong for his age but not very tall. Gabriel got promoted to a higher age group and trained most of the year.
He played 10 games but was on the bench most of the time. We talked a lot, and I made him watch videos of Yaya Toure.” – Gabriel Menino’s youth coach, Gustavo Nabinger.
Gabriel’s success as well as rise in performance has attracted a lot of clubs. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been pursuing the gifted midfielder. However, according to reports, Chelsea are said to be leading the race for his signature.
Gabriel Menino’s addition to the Chelsea side can be a huge plus for the coach who is still experimenting on the squad. After Saturday’s loss, which was also Thomas Tuchel’s first loss as a Chelsea manager, a lot of changes can be expected.
The German coach has been trying to find the perfect combination in the midfield as well as the defence. Despite improving, the loss proved that there is a lot left to work on. And his addition can help the team unfold the best out of the squad. However, it is to be seen if he will be joining the first team directly.