[Transfer Targets] Jadson: A Look At The Fabregas Replacement In-waiting

By on August 13, 2011

After allegedly missing out on Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Douglas Costa the latest paper-talk is that Arsenal have targeted his mercurial team-mate Jadson as a potential replacement for either the seemingly discontented Samir Nasri, who looks set to leave with Manchester City interested, or for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas.

Part of the Shakhtar team which topped our Champions League group last season (forcing us to play Barcelona), Brazilian international Jadson is rumoured to join Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Gervinho as part of a new-look Arsenal side for 2011-2012 after a bitterly disappointing end to last season: but is this anything more than a rumour?

What’s his pedigree?: Jadson has excelled in his 6 years with the Ukrainian champions, scoring 60 goals in 257 appearances from midfield in all competitions with 16 of these coming in his 70 European matches and the 27-year-old finally earned his international call-up in February of this year, scoring one goal in four games for Brazil. The diminutive 5’6″ attacking midfielder has a good shot from range as well as being a tidy finisher and being renowned for his technical ability in control and accuracy in distribution of the ball; there are major question marks over Jadson’s suitability given his slight frame, lack of height and the fact that he plays in such a weak domestic league in Ukrainian.

How’s the chemistry?:  Although most sources report him as a Fabregas replacement, Jadson is not near the class of Fabregas in terms of presence, vision and skill and actually plays in much the same way as Samir Nasri where he is given more freedom of expression and less defensive and passing duty which Cesc has had. However, at the moment while Jadson would be a like-for-like replacement for Nasri, he has to be considered an inferior player, especially considering the fact he is older than both Nasri and Fabregas and isn’t regarded as highly as either.

Do we have a chance?: It seems somewhat strange that we have opened talks with Jadson (despite its widespread media coverage and the depth of articles reporting it) because his team-mate Yaroslav Rakitsky is one of the most highly rated young centre-backs in world football having been tracked by the likes of Barcelona; we also have a much more urgent need for reinforcements at centre-half than in an already crowded midfield. However, whilst this transfer can’t be ruled out completely, the myths that he can realistically replace either player to a high standard or even improve on them must be dispelled – Jadson can most closely be compared to Tomas Rosicky in skill and play.

Likely bid: £9 million. Probability: 4/10, more likely than not just a rumour.

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  1. BigL

    August 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Probability zero. Wenger ruled it out in his press conference

  2. papilo junior

    August 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

    yes sesc is gon and we cnt remain like dat,we need to do something.i think mata,jadson,harzard and dann will be the problem solver this season to arsenal,aw pls do smthn.born4 gunner.

  3. abc

    August 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Without Cesc our offensive midfield options are Wilshire, Ramsey, Rosicky, Diaby, Lansbury, Henderson. You cannot go below that cos they are all untested. 1 (henderson) of the above 6 is a long term injury, one (diaby) is an injury proned jinx, another (lansbury) has yet to play in the premiership and one (ramsey) has only played 5 matches in the last 18 months. Wilshire is currently injured leaving us with Rosicky, who lets face it has seen his best days. Do we need offensive midfielders you bet we do.

    Even without Nasri, we are looking ok for Wingers but Defensive midfielders are also a worry. As it stands we have Song, Frimpong, Coquelin, i am not going any younger than that. 2 of those 3 have yet to play an EPL match, in fact one of them has yet to play any competitive first team match. 1 and possibly 2 of them are off to the ACN come January. This is another are we must address. Up front we have Van Persie, Chamakh, Vela, Bendtner, Afobe and now Campbell. Again this an area we need to strengthen in. Afobe, Campbell and Vela are clearly not ready to lead the line alone. Bendtner wants out and Van Persie is as brittle as a popadom. This leaves us with Chamakh who is about as confident as Barrymore at a pool party.

    In a way you can see why Wenger is not that concerned about Centre Back where we currently have 4 international centre backs and another who is 18 and captain of a European Championship winning team. In fact he is so comfortable there that he allowed our 5th choice centre back to go on loan for a year.

    I think his next 3 signings will not include a centre back.

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