Another international break is over (with the exception of the Africa Cup of Nations), and as in every period unknown quantities can be showcased for big transfers.
Ajax’s Antony is the latest to do that with his impressive performances for Brazil against Ecuador and Paraguay in the World Cup qualifiers.
The 21-year-old scored from the substitutes’ bench in the last of two games and his all-around performance excited ex-Brazilian icon Rivaldo, who summed up his thoughts on the Selecao in his latest interview Chelsea target Raphinha also receiving some well-received praise.
“Many Brazilian Premier League players played for their national team this week. They took the opportunity to show their value to the team and continue on their way to making the World Cup squad. “, he told Betfair.
“Philippe Coutinho, Raphinha, Bruno Guimaraes and Alex Telles confirmed their class, but I must also note Antony’s performance. The Ajax player also looks set to take a big step towards a Premier League club soon.”
Big words from the 49-year-old who believes either of Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs could benefit massively from capturing one of Erik ten Hag’s most valuable assets this season for his young and fresh Ajax team.
The former attacking midfielder’s comments are definitely justified, with the left winger showing his power in front of goal both at international and club level.
In the Eredivisie this season, Antony has reached eight goals in just 16 appearances and has also amassed an impressive seven goals in just five Champions League group stage matches.
In addition to these stats, FBref.com confirms Rivaldo’s claims, as the striker ranks in the top 10 this season in the league for goals per 90 (7th – 0.56), total shots (8th – 48) and total shots by 90. (3rd – 3.83).
Those sorts of stats would compliment each of the London trios nicely, all looking to strengthen themselves in one way or another this summer.
Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel are aiming to reshape their brutal attack while Arsenal are on the hunt for new forwards at the end of the season after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for Barcelona on deadline day.
Spurs lost Dele Alli but acquired Dejan Kulusevski on loan, so it could be argued that they need him the least among the London giants.
Alternatively, a team like West Ham or Crystal Palace could make a play for a player who Rivaldo thinks is destined for big things.