The Gabriel Barbosa pity party is in full swing these days and both his agent and a member of his entourage, have both spoken to media about all he needs is a chance. All he needs is a coach to believe in him.
Gabigol has been on loan at Benfica all season, but just like as we saw at Inter, the coach is not willing to play him. He has made just five appearances in all competition this season for the Portuguese giants, scoring one goal, with 164 minutes played.
First a member of his entourage Cesar Boaventura told Radio Renascença:
“Things didn’t go as predicted at Benfica,”
“It’s not down to a lack of quality from the player, but the choices of the Coach Rui Vitoria, who nobody can argue with.
“If he returns to Brazil or stays in Europe, what we are sure of is that he will play. He has the quality, a club must bet on him and the player will adapt to those conditions. Now he needs to play where he thinks is best.
“Gabriel is a great professional, a wonderful person, he never gives up and will find success wherever he goes.”
Then his agent Cesar Boaventura followed that up by telling FCInterNews.
“I can’t say 100 per cent that Gabriel will leave Benfica,”
“At this point though it’s very likely. He hasn’t played much due to the choices of his Coach [Rui Vitoria] but be careful, because we’re talking about a great talent.
“He can show his talent in any team in the world, he just needs a Coach who will bet on him and give him the chance to show who he is.
“Will he go back to Inter or to Brazil? We don’t know yet. The decision will be made soon.”
At this point in time, a return to Brazil and Santos is the only option available for Gabigol. He has failed at both Inter and Benfica and it is difficult to see another European team talking a flyer on him.
Fortunately the Brazilian still has fans back in Brazil as Santos Vice-President Orlando Rollo believes that will return on loan in January.
“If everything goes well the fans will have this gift and they’ll be very happy,” Rollo said, speaking to Sport TV.
“He’s a big name and he’s a Brazilian. He’s a striker, a good name and I really like Gabigol. I’m a fan of his.”
Inter are so willing to write off the Gabigol mistake that they will pay at least two-thirds of his salary if he moves elsewhere.