If you’ve read Skills from Brazil, then you know that Jamie’s friend Rafael Da Cruz is quite simply a master when it comes to spotting football talent. So, we thought we’d put him to the test and ask him to do a regular feature where he predicts which young players will ultimately go on to become the world’s greatest, so this is the place where we peer into football’s future.
My tenth Tip for the Top is…
Club and League: Schalke, Bundesliga
Strengths: Pace, dribbling, finishing
Overall Assessment: My next Tip for the Top is Swiss international Breel Embolo, who has flourished at Schalke after a nasty long-term injury ruled him out for several months. Tall, quick and strong, he really is the complete forward and Schalke are lucky to have him, especially considering the fact that the German side play with a lot of emphasis in the wide areas, and to have a striker like Embolo in the box to aim is always great for their wingers.
Prediction for future: The Swiss international should be picked more regularly to start for both club and country, and he could be an ideal signing for Bayern Munich to replace Robert Lewandowski, who is reportedly unhappy and has requested to leave. If not, I could definitely see him at Chelsea, if they decide to get rid of Alvaro Morata.
Rafa’s view: I really like Embolo. His versatility means he can play out wide or through the middle, which is pivotal now as a quick attacker. He does like to drift wide and have a run at the full-backs instead of his usual centre-back opponents. A real one to watch for the future