Judging by the numbers, Brazil were one of the better sides during the 2019 Copa America group stage. La Selecao cruised their way in Group A, going undefeated (W2, D1) while scoring the most goals (eight) and keeping three clean sheets. It’s hard to deny they should be considered as contenders for the title, especially considering they’re playing at home.
Several players have stood out for their recent performances. Philippe Coutinho has contributed directly in three goals (two goals, one assist), Casemiro and Dani Alves have looked impressive, and names such as Alisson and Thiago Silva have added steady performances at the back. But one player that has caught lots of attention has been Everton. No one expected him to play a prominent role for Tite in this tournament, but the Gremio star has been one of the top players in the entire tournament.
One of the top players in the 2019 Copa America so far
Everton announced himself on the international stage with a great goal against Bolivia in the tournament opener. He looked impressive as a substitute against Venezuela, and Tite gave him a starting role against Peru. He left both Richarlison and David Neres on the bench, and responded with another goal. Who would’ve thought he would be one of the tournament top scorers following the first three games?
The 23-year-old, who is nicknamed as ‘Cebolinha’ by the Brazilian fanbase, had already been linked with a potential move to Europe this summer but now his stock is clearly on the rise. A right-footed winger who can operate on both flanks, Everton is being followed closely by several top European sides. He has also netted three goals in six Brasileirao appearances, so it seems he doesn’t have much to prove at the domestic level.
Where will he play during the 2019-20 season?
No offers have been submitted for the skillful winger, although Everton has already decided where he wants to play. During the post-game presser against Bolivia, he said his skill set “would fit perfectly at Old Trafford, or anywhere in Europe really”. Manchester United should be wise and take advantage of that comment to make a move for him. They could use a winger like him, especially if they want to part ways with Alexis Sanchez this summer. One thing is certain, though. Everton is clearly not short on confidence.
The sky is the limit for Everton, even if his coming out party has been a bit later than the one of most Brazilian players. But the Gremio star has already made fans forget about Neymar, at least during the group stage. If he can keep this up until the end of the tournament, then his phone won’t stop ringing.
Right now, he needs to enjoy the moment. He’s been instrumental to Brazil’s success in the 2019 Copa America.
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