Is Dentinho good enough for Arsenal or Manchester United?
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According to Dentinho’s agent, Ferhat Ciftci, the forward has his sights set on a move to England. “He wants to play in the Premier League,” Ciftci said. “It doesn’t make a difference if it is Arsenal or Manchester United”.
For obvious reasons, fans of the two teams may not agree. But the big question is does Dentinho have it in him to make it in England? And if he did come, where would he fit in better: Arsenal or United?
There’s no doubt that Dentinho has plenty of ability. Now in his third season as a professional, he’s also starting to demonstrate a greater degree of confidence on the ball and a willingness to run at the opposition.
Dentinho’s positional play has also improved and he’s popped up with some useful goals for Corinthians. While his scoring record this year has been nothing to write home about – just five (2 in the Campeonato Paulista and 3 in the Copa do Brasil) – he did put away 14 for Corinthians in their Série B campaign in 2008.
Dentinho’s lack of height and weight might count against him if he did make it to the Premier league. This, though, may not put off United or Arsenal who have already brought in ‘small’ players such as Nani and Cesc Fábregas.
But while Dentinho has got the makings of something special, he has yet to become a consistent performer and his scoring rate needs to improve.
For now, it might be better for the Premier League clubs to watch and wait to see how Dentinho develops over the next year, rather than splashing out big money for a player who might not quite be ready for the rigours of English football.
Perhaps his best goal – in the Pacaembu vs Vitória 23 July 2009 the day after Lulinha left for Estoril
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Dentinho fact file
Full name: Bruno Ferreira Bonfim
Date of birth: 19/01/89 – 20