Tite announced Brazil 26 men’s squad for their upcoming World Cup preparatory matches against Ghana and Tunisia during the International break.
The surprise omission from the squad was Arsenal’s number, Gabriel Jesus. The 25-year-old seems reborn and a new player at Arsenal. He has scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists in 8 matches.
Despite Tim Vickery being surprised with Gabriel Jesus from the Brazil National Team Squad for the upcoming friendlies, he believes the Arsenal man will be in the Brazil squad for the Qatar World Cup.
What did Tim Vickery say about Gabriel Jesus’ omission from Brazil’s upcoming friendlies?
The South American Football expert said on the Hawksbee and Jacobs: “It’s bizarre because he’s always been in the squad. He was left out of the first squad after the World Cup, which was like scapegoating him.
“The coach really regrets sticking with him as a center-forward during the World Cup because it really didn’t work and it’s been a trauma for him ever since. It’s why he didn’t play as a number nine for a long, long time until he was reborn—the second coming of Jesus this season.
“The bizarre thing is that he’s been in the Brazil squad all the time that he was struggling. He played 19 games for them without scoring and was in the squad. Now he’s flying and they drop him.
“I suspect that he’ll be alright for the World Cup. I suspect that he’ll be in.
“One of the things that the coach wants to look at is that there are a couple of number nine options that he wants to look at.
“There’s a local hero, a guy called Pedro who plays for Flamengo, there’s Matheus Cunha who was very important when they won the Olympics last year and I suspect that the coach is having a look at those two and Gabriel Jesus will be back.
“It’s unbelievable to me that in a World Cup squad of 26 he won’t get in, so I think he’ll be alright unless the coach is going on the principle that if your name is Gabriel and you play for Arsenal, then you can’t come in because he dropped all three of them at the same time!
“You’ve got Martinelli, Magalhaes, and Jesus. Martinelli will probably get squeezed out because they’ve got so many options in the wide striker positions.
“Gabriel Magalhaes has mystified me because I was convinced he’d make his Brazil debut in these couple of friendlies but he’s brought in another couple of center-backs whom he wants to have a look at, and Gabriel Jesus really is mystifying, but as I say, I suspect he’ll be fine for the World Cup.”