Brazil manager Dunga says that he is extremely happy with the progress made by PSG winger Lucas Mora, who is fast developing into one of the biggest assets for the national team.
After being brought in from Santos for a huge transfer fee, many expected the youngster to struggle immediately upon moving to a big club like PSG. It has not been the case since Lucas has found enough first-team opportunities to develop his game, while the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cavani has helped him improve his game on a number of situations.
The 23-year-old is likely to be the important player for Brazil going forward. Philippe Coutinho has shown a lot of promise with Liverpool, but the lack of Champions League football in his career is likely to be a major disadvantage. Last season was one of the best in Lucas’ short spell in European football. He finished to the campaign with seven goals. He is already on course to improve on this tally. Lucas has scored two goals in the six league outings so far. Dunga says that the early move to Europe has helped Lucas improve on a tactical level whereas previously he used to be only about pace.
“When a player goes to Europe, he develops a stronger tactical understanding. He must learn exercise his role within the team. In Brazil, that doesn’t happen. He played the Confederations Cup in 2013 and understands he must concentrate more on what happens on the pitch and in training because what he does on the field is more important for his career than other things. We are watching as many games as possible. We do not have a rule on selections, but it's a gentleman's agreement that we usually call a maximum of just one or two players from each club,” said Dunga.