Lazio and Brazil midfielder Hernanes.
Perhaps a slightly under-rated name in world football at the moment is Lazio and Brazil star Hernanes. The 28-year-old is starting to attract serious attention this summer after an impressive few years in Serie A.
The former Sao Paulo man is one of the best midfielders in Italy at the moment, showing himself to be a real all-rounder, playing box-to-box for the Rome club and becoming a crucial member of their team with his tackling, passing, and perhaps best of all – his shooting. He is known for his powerful long range shots with his right foot, and no player scored more goals from outside the box this season than Hernanes.
As well as 11 goals, he provided 7 assists for his team-mates, helping the club finish 7th. He is certainly the star player of this current Lazio side and would understandably be tempted to think he could be playing for someone better. His fine form has attracted strong interest from big-spending French duo PSG and Monaco, as well Manchester City this summer, where he could team up with fellow Brazilian Fernandinho in midfield. Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with him in the past, and he could be worth around £20million now, a good price for a player of such ability.
A move to a bigger team would surely get him the recognition he deserves as a world class midfielder, and help him add to his ten caps and one goal for the Brazilian national team. There’s no doubt he is performing at an excellent level at the moment and would only improve with better players around him.
Hernanes is perhaps something of a late bloomer, having only arrived in European football three years ago, but he has maintained his fine form from his time in Brazil, showing he can do it at the highest level. There is still more to come from him, but he is a top player and one of the best all-round midfield players in world football right now.