Real Betis is an option for Gabigol but the Inter player would prefer Santos

December 6, 2017 15:30
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We are already at the end of the marriage between Gabriel Barbosa and Benfica. Corrier dello Sport confirms, “His loan to Benfica can in fact be labelled as a failure”, so the player pushes to find a new arrangement in Brazil while Inter talk to clubs  in Spain like Real Betis and Sevilla who seem interested, in light of injuries to Sanabria and Campbell. But the story remains complicated and if given the choice, the player would prefer a move back to Santos until the end of the season.

We can not be certain of the reasons or why Gabigol was not selected to play more often at Benfica but it was always going to be difficult for him to replace big names like Jonas and although he only played 43 minutes of Football between the domestic league, cup and Champions League, he did score in the first and only game he started in so far and has shown clear physical improvement when being challenged. So maybe all hope is not lost.

Luca Corchia
By Luca Corchia
  • Naidman

    I think Gabigol needs to think long and hard about his next move. He clearly isn’t someone without potential. The number of goals he has scored for Santos over the years both at the senior and youth levels clearly indicate that he has bags of talent.

    I don’t think he has played enough at either Inter or Benfica for him to be labelled an abject failure. We need to see him play with continuity before we can really judge if he can make the jump to European football or not. Accordingly, he should aim to make switch to a team where he has a guaranteed spot and a coach that believes he can make that step up in quality.

    Spain probably a good play for him to test himself out as the league is less tactical and the football tends to be more free flowing which should suit him well. While the rumored interest is coming from Betis they seem to be doing ok upfront and on the right wing with Sanabria and Joaquin so not sure is he gets a guaranteed look. I think Gabigol better served by exploring opportunities with teams struggling in front of goal like Espanyol where both Coutinho and Longo had good spells on loan from Inter. Espanyol play the traditional 4-4-2 formation which means that Gabigol could aim to stake a claim for the role of either one of the starting strikers or on the right wing.

    Espanyol is just one option and I am sure there are others which beckon with first-team opportunities in one of the top 5 leagues. But one thing is certain if Gabigol goes back to Brazil now he will forever be deemed a failure with a return to Europe highly improbable without ever finding out for himself whether he had it in him or not.

    • 1nteristi

      perfectly said brother

  • Philip

    Are there any chance Inter could reclaimed the money they spend on this guy? what a shame really. chance after chance really a disappointment because his case is really different to that of Ranocchia as frog did play well due to mostly tactical issue, but man Gabigol killed it all. Adriano’s case is highly understandable after lost of a family member but Gabigol???