It seems as though Real Madrid are set to sign another top Brazilian starlet in the former of Reinier. Years after getting Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior, the Los Blancos will lay their hands on another Brazilian and try to perfect his development.
The club is getting set for a generational change to help themselves climb out of this transition. Along with many other younger players, Reinier would fulfill that very purpose. For him, it could well present a dream move and he would share a dressing room with two former teammates too.
What makes it interesting is how this could well be a future front-three for the club. Reinier is an attacking midfielder by trade, with Rodrygo a right-winger and Vinicius a left-winger.
At 17, he wasn’t a regular for Flamengo in their first-team last season. The presence of Gabigol made it tough for him to break into the side, as the Inter loanee got as many as 34 goals in all competitions for the club. This forced Reinier to play as the attacking midfielder multiple times.
As for Reinier, he made a total of 16 appearances in all competitions last season. But despite getting 727 minutes of first-team football, the youngster got six goals and two assists. Three goals and a single assist came in attacking midfield. But he played just one game as a striker, grabbing a brace against Avai in the second-last game of the campaign.
He isn’t someone who will stick to one position to do things. He is quick and very good on the ball. He likes to get the ball to do the talking- something that comes naturally, being Brazilian. He took 1.4 shots per game in the previous season, playing 0.7 key passes per game while also completing 0.6 dribbles per game.
There is a bit of tenacity in him too. Perhaps, playing deeper has made him so. He made a total of 1.2 tackles per game last season too, keeping his passing percentage of 79 percent.
For the Brazilian Under-17s side, Reinier has shown his versatility on the pitch. He has been used as a striker, as a number ten or as a left-winger too. In ten appearances for the side, he got five goals and one assist- with a majority of them coming from the number ten spot.
Last summer, Everton did draw links with a move for Reinier. But the move didn’t materialise and the player ended up signing a new deal with the club in November last year. Since then, it only became a matter of time.
Reinier has the experience of winning trophies. Fla won the Copa Libertadores this past season, also winning the league with Gabigol playing a crucial role from attack. But playing with him could well mean a lot to Reinier, considering Gabigol was in the 17-year-old’s place before he went to Inter.
His teammate and former Atletico man Felipe Luis has praised Reinier on his move to the Los Blancos. He told Marca:
“I didn’t know he had signed for Real Madrid. It’s a great signing. You have to congratulate them. He’s a crack. He’s very vertical. He seems very skinny, very weak, but he is very strong and endures a lot, he has been surprised at 17 that he always chooses the perfect play.
“He has one thing in the head: to score goals. He’s very vertical. It really is a great signing and I congratulate Madrid.”
And now, the scene is set for Real to take him to the next level. Like Rodrygo and Vinicius, it could be a case of Reinier going back to Brazil to develop more before coming back. But the situation Real are in now, they need younger players to tide over this transition. Reinier fits right into that approach.