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Bayern Munich is one of many clubs monitoring Benfica youngster João Neves

MOAR young players!

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The paradigm shift towards younger players is noticeable as the ones most people grew up watching are slowly getting replaced. For Bayern Munich, it wants to expand its youth network and its scouts just landed on Benfica midfielder João Neves (or as Derek Rae would say, zho-wow nevsh)

According to Florian Plettenberg (Sky Sports via @iMiaSanMia), the Bavarians are not the only club looking at the 19-year-old midfielder with several others also in the mix.

Transfermarkt says he is 5’9” (just slightly shorter than Serge Gnabry), can play as an attacking midfielder and central midfielder apart from his preferred defensive midfield role, and he has logged one goal and one assist in 19 games in all competitions so far this season.

FBref also shows that he is a well-rounded player, being on the 90th percentile or higher in these stats: npxG (non-penalty expected goals – 0.17, 93rd percentile), passes completed (79.76%, 98th percentile), successful take-ons (1.52, 90th percentile), tackles (3.44, 96th percentile), and blocks (2.18, 99th percentile). At a quick glance, especially the last two stats, the 2004-born bears some sort of semblance to long-time Bayern suitor João Palhinha from Fulham. Then again, Neves could just be the next Tiago Dantas.

This is also my 800th article for the blog! What are the odds I get to 1000 by the end of the year?

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