Sometimes it’s obvious that a footballer left their home country too soon, so it’s always interesting to see how they bounce back from that.
Flamengo midfielder Gerson was very highly rated as a kid, and he moved to Roma as a youngster with only one full campaign under his belt, and it proved to be too much too soon.
There were concerns about his lack of physicality and pace, so Gerson returned to Brazil after failing to really establish himself at Roma or on loan at Fiorentina.
You could almost forgive him for feeling sorry for himself after that, but he knuckled down at Flamengo and has shown everyone that he’s still very talented. Gerson’s still only 22, but he’s closing in on 200 senior games in his career and looks ready for another crack at Europe.
They report that his father has claimed that Gunners are interested in making a move for him, although he does stress that his son is very happy where he is.
It’s an interesting time for the player because he needs to get his next move right. Rarely do we see a player get a second crack at Europe after failing, and you have to think he won’t get a third if his next move goes wrong.