Summer Scout - Bernard
The Summer Scout eyes Brazil midfielder Bernard, spotted at the Confederations Cup.
Last Updated: 21/05/14 12:04pm
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The latest player to be spotlighted is Brazil's Bernard.
The scout reports...
The talent trail from Brazil continues, and we check on yet another potential Samba superstar in the shape of Bernard - who featured in the recent Confederations Cup for his homeland.
Bernard is full of skill and passion, like - you could argue - almost every Brazilian midfielder and forward.
But the big difference with Bernard is his stature - standing at just 5ft 5 in, and this is something that threatened his career before it had even begun.
He began playing with local junior side Comercial EC do Barreiro, and he was snapped up by Atletico Mineiro at 14 - but things were far from smooth as twice he was released because of his small size.
By 2010 he was sent on loan to Democrata FC - who are one of Atletico's nursery clubs - in the third tier of Brazilian football and he took his chance with both hands, claiming 14 goals in just 16 games.
He was given his debut in early 2011, when he was played at right back due to an injury crisis. Come May and with a new manager in charge, Bernard was called into the first-team. He went on to make 19 starts for the club in his first season.
In late 2011 Al Ahli of Doha had a bid of over £3million rejected, and Bernard continued to go from strength to strength, forming a potent attacking threat with Brazilian legend Ronaldinho.
By the summer of 2012, he had finished with 11 goals having played all 36 games and was top-scorer for the club - but to the surprise of many he was left out of the country's Olympic squad.
He international recognition, though, was to come as in November he made his debut for Brazil against arch rivals Argentina in the Superclasico de las Americas.
By now Bernard was beginning to get interest from Europe and the first to test the water were Russian giants Spartak Moscow - but they saw a near £10million bid rejected.
Now it seems that Bernard is set to follow the likes of Paulinho and Neymar in moves across the Atlantic this summer.
Borussia Dortmund and Paulinho's new club Tottenham are both keen, as are Porto, and it is little surprise.
Bernard could be compared to a Juninho or Andres D'Alessandro - the style of play is similar, great technique and the low centre of gravity makes it ever so difficult for attackers to pick him up.
But Bernard is probably more of a winger, often found on the left he enjoys cutting inside and providing, although he has an acute eye for goal.
He played twice in the Confederations Cup and, injury permitting, he looks destined to be part of their World Cup squad in 12-months time.
The scout says...
A tremendous little player, who has already defied his critics to make it to the top of the Brazilian game and he looks set to get that chance in Europe.
Bernard has not had the plaudits of many of his compatriots - but he is a top player and one who is set to make big footballing headlines in the near future.
The Scout rating...
Shooting: 7 out of 10
Passing: 8 out of 10
Tackling: 5 out of 10
Heading: 7 out of 10
Pace: 8 out of 10
Vision: 8 out of 10
Current ability: 8 out of 10
Potential ability: 10 out of 10
OVERALL SCOUT RATING:61/80
Current value: £18million
Potential value: £48million
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