So Brazil’s attack is set in stone then?
Not quite. Tite’s latest squad to take on Russia and Germany has an unfamiliar face among the attackers.
Ahh, I knew Richarlison would get called up eventually. It’s him, right?
Afonso Alves? Julio Baptista? Guly do Prado?
Nope, nope and nope. The man in question is Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose.
My Wikipedia is down, who is he?
As recently as three years ago Jose was playing in the Spanish second tier for Real Zaragoza.
So he’s never tasted the big time?
Well Jose did, strangely, make one appearance for Real Madrid in the 2013/14 season after signing for their B team.
Is he a big name in Brazil?
Not particularly, given he flitted between first club Barueri, Sao Paulo, Gremio and Santos without every really having a major impact.
So how’s he found himself in the Brazil squad?
His last two seasons with Real Sociedad in the Spanish top flight have been impressive. Jose’s found the back of the net 24 times, with 12 of those coming this campaign.
Will he be on the plane to Russia?
Jose is still behind Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus in the international pecking order, but he offers something different from both.
He can speak Russian?
No, well, actually, we can’t say for sure, but it’s more the fact that he’s an aerial presence for when Brazil need to go long.
So he’s essentially a Brazilian Glenn Murray?
We’re not going to stop that nickname getting off the ground.
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