Of the four Manchester City players to join joined partner club Girona FC on loan ahead of the new season, it is Douglas Luiz who is the least known by the casual fan. Aleix Garcia and Pablo Maffeo are both well known to Blues having featured for the first team, while Marlos Moreno spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruña in Spain.
City’s scouts were impressed by Douglas and that led to the club splashing out £10.7million to sign him from Vasco da Gama this summer, before handing him to Girona in order to acclimatise him to European football.
When we spoke to Brazilian football expert Paulo Freitas about the 19-year-old, he said Douglas is a ‘defensive midfielder’, ‘a ‘segundo volante’ (a defensive midfielder who is also in charge of more attacking duties).
According to Mundo Deportivo though, Girona’s plan is not to play Douglas as the primary holding midfielder but to place him next to a defensive pivot – quite possibly City teammate Aleix Garcia. This will allow the Brazilian to move forward into a more advanced role, with boss Pablo Machín hoping to take advantage of his excellent shooting ability.
One of the doubts that rose about Douglas was his defensive ability and how he would react to losing the ball. However, in pre-season he he proven that he will work hard not only in attack, where his strengths lie, but also in defence, helping the team.
Douglas Luiz is already considered the most exciting of Girona’s new signings and has impressed the technical staff and fans with his performances in the lead up to the new La Liga campaign. His technique is described as ‘clean’ although he still has problems in his game that need to be ironed out, but the feeling is that he could become quite a player.
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