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Happy 23rd Birthday to Fabio Vieira.

I still have hope he will come good, he will have the pre season this time to gel in

notknown286337

I still have hope he will come good, he will have the pre season this time to gel in


platdupiedsecurite

Hit the gym, learn from MØ and listen to Mikel


varro-reatinus

And eat all the meats Gaspar can grill.


ablindpony

Exactly! Can't write him off yet - I'm sure he'll come good.


Ife2105

Incoming “he needs to hit the gym” comments for the 28948484th time lmao


OstapBenderBey

Remember when walcott bulked up one season then people blamed it for when he had a downturn in form?


RIP_My_Truck_Nutz

Tbf, a lot of Walcott’s game in those days relied on his speed, and I can see bulking up being a contributing factor for his loss of pace. Can’t really blame people for seeing the connection That being said, his poor form was probably (definitely) more to do with his injuries


Fuckzombie69

Get ready to hit the gym buddy


NUPreMedMajor

The hit gym comment loses all credibly when you look at guys like David Silva, Ozil, Santi, etc. If you can think quickly, speed and strength are completely secondary. Even jorginho is a good example of someone who is class while being slow and weak.


CackleberryOmelettes

All of those players had strength. Strength != Big muscles. Especially in football. But you need to be able to back into your man and hold the ball without getting bowled over. You need to be able to go shoulder to shoulder and survive.


DonkervoortD8GTO

Bukayo Saka is the perfect example of this. He's not tiny, but he's certainly not built, but when was the last time you saw him get bodied off the ball for anything that wasn't (or should have been) a foul?


CackleberryOmelettes

Saka is built as fuck. He has put on *a lot* of muscle since his breakthrough season.


JustGhostin

hes also so much taller now, hes got an alphonso davies-esque athletic build


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JustGhostin

Lol cheers, my girlfriend constantly takes the piss out of my misuse of phrases


TheBublizz

Jorginho can't do that tho


CackleberryOmelettes

Yes he can. And when he can't, he's usually savvy enough to win a foul. He's also one of the most possession secure midfielders in the world. When you're that good at something, it can compensate for other shortcomings.


TheBublizz

Sure, but your point was that you need strength as well. Jorginho hasn't really got that, he gets bundled off the ball in the same way Fabio does.


CackleberryOmelettes

Jorginho is fine. He's no Partey but he can hold his own in duels. He's around average, or maybe slightly below. Fabio is a non-entity in duels. It is a foregone conclusion that he will not even contest because his body cannot handle the contact. Even if he can manage to get up to Jorginho level it will make a huge difference to his game.


JimmysCocoboloDesk

Jorginho doesn’t. He knows how to use his body to protect the ball better. Vieiras lack of strength is compounded by the fact that he doesn’t know how to use his body to protect the ball. Silva, Ozil (less so) and especially Santi (who’s build is bulkier than Vieira even though he’s small) all knew how to protect the ball even though they weren’t the strongest. Bernardo Silva is another example, hardly the biggest or strongest but uses his low centre of gravity and body to protect the ball.


HaineBot

mesut ozil literally did bulk up in 14/15


bAMBIEN

All those guys had something special about them physically and technically, though. It remains to be seen if vieira has that quality. I do hope he gets more chances to prove himself next season.


NegativeHeli

I'm not giving up on him yet.


wrigh2uk

Same. I always look at City, and in particular Pep as an example of this scenario. When players arrive and need the best part of a season and a bit to truly settle and get going. Grealish looked awful up until this season, Ake felt like he could’ve left every summer. Even Bernardo silva took a while to become the magician he is now.


sleepytipi

Fbref all-star


redmkay

He came from Porto with a G/A of 23 I think? and he came on from the bench a lot. I am hopeful he’s gonna find his feet next season. Can’t wait!


csixtay

He's a bit of a stat padder I think. You can tell he's drawn to setpieces and final balls. He ends up effectively CF when he plays in either 8 role.


TaTalentedSpam

Football at their level is all about stat padding. Fine margins and such. We got 100 goals this season in all competitions through DELIBERATELY making all our outfield players "stat padders" aka damn good goal contributors. No team in the league currently comes close to how the goals are spread out.With your reasoning, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey etc are stat padders because they contributed similar G/A numbers and get most of them from set pieces and final balls. LOL.


Geraltslays14

Sometimes I forget how young he is. Next season is huge for him! Hope it's way better than it was this year


Scottish-Londoner

I hope Mrs Vieira takes him out for a very large meal tonight. 3 courses, cake and beers.


HortenWho229

so what my friend, you think you’re the only fucking one who’s having a birthday?


TesterG

23rd only? Wow


gte339i

Get this man a protein shake an a gym pass.


Cesc_The_Snake

23 going on 13 with that body.


Tarp96

We need him to eat the whole cake by himself


fearless_bell16

Happy Birthday to you Fabio


Crookz_O

Prove em wrong Fabio. HBD young man.


ajyahzee

He probably has one more season to bulk up and truly be ready for PL before he gets out of favor


Sliver_fish

Hope he gets a whey protein powder tiramisu for his birthday cake.


teslagooner

He should hit the gym. I wish he had the hunger of Bernardo Silva. He seems lethargic at times even though he is extremely talented.


thisiskyle77

Last season to prove.


Bugslayer03

Ya, because your takes are always the best. Like saying edu and arteta are destroying [arsenal](https://www.reddit.com/r/Gunners/comments/p2clhv/chris_wheatley_exclusive_arsenal_in_advanced/h8jatj1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android_app&utm_name=androidcss&utm_term=1&utm_content=share_button).....


hazelpillow

Get him a 32oz steak. He needs some meat in his system


stilusmobilus

Glass of milk and a cheese sandwich


MURDERNAT0R

Massive waste of money


neomusk2

Waste signing . We can’t keep signing players who can good in 2-3 years


ikeoni

like madrid with modric


neomusk2

Lol yes of course it’s a like to like comparison . Modric who killed in the Pl was a world class player before he joined Madrid.


ikeoni

and then madrid fans voted it the worst transfer


Jonny_x3

I will not be on the wrong side of history with this superstar, happy birthday


YoungFlexibleShawty

Happy birthday, im wishing you get gooder! Cheers fabio.