Marquinhos, the 19-year-old highly rated center back, recently completed his move from AS Roma to Ligue 1 big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain. The young Brazilian attracted interest in many European clubs, such as Barcelona, but in the end, the youngster signed for the French to join his compatriot Thiago Silva in PSG’s defense. Marquinhos himself commented on his move and admitted that his relationship with Thiago Silva and PSG’s other Brazilians played a big role.
Indeed, Marquinhos is expected to slot into PSG’s defensive line effortlessly. Having earned himself a spot in AS Roma’s starting lineup in a very impressive manner, the young Brazilian will look to do the same in France, and in the process, try to learn as much as he can from Thiago Silva, who might well be one of the best center backs in the world at this moment.
As a €35 million signing, Marquinhos surely represents a risk as well. The player has only featured in 36 games at the senior level, which is very little for a player as expensive as him. However, his transfer fee proves that big clubs have seen his talent and have faith in him, which could be a very good decision in the long run. There is simply no reason to believe that Marquinhos couldn’t be a success in PSG. He is fast, dynamic, and despite not being the physically biggest defender in the market, he surely possesses a considerable amount of physical strength as well.
In many ways, Marquinhos represents the new generation of center backs who aren’t only comfortable chasing the ball, but equally comfortable with it as well. Just like a modern center back is expected to, he can build the game from the back, urge forward every now and then and also operate in small spaces to escape the opponent’s pressing game.
With all these traits, it’s easy to see why PSG wanted to invest in Marquinhos. Not only is he a great center back as a 19-year-old, but most definitely has the potential to be one of the greatest over the course of the next ten years or so. With Thiago Silva still being very much in his prime, the two can form a solid center back duo in the next few years, and as Silva approaches the later stages of his career, the French club will have a replacement waiting in line.
For Marquinhos himself, PSG represents an opportunity to not only learn, but to seal himself a spot in the Brazilian national team. The Confederations Cup Champions’ defense is currently dominated by Marquinho’s new teammate Thiago Silva, Chelsea’s David Luiz, and Bayern Munich’s Dante. In PSG, Marquinhos will be exposed to European football against some of the best players in the world, which will most likely - despite his young age - make him a suitable candidate for Seleção Brasileira in the near future.
With the World Cup approaching, Marquinhos will surely look to make an impression from day one, just like he did in AS Roma. In Marquinhos, PSG have a center back who can make an immediate impact. Perhaps even more importantly, he’s a player for the future who can dominate the French club’s defense for the next decade. Suddenly, when you look at the big picture, his €35 million price-tag almost seems like a bargain.
Knowing Marquinhos, it’s almost certain that PSG will have to fight to keep their new Brazilian star in the future. To lure him this summer, they already had to compete with European clubs such as Barcelona and Manchester United. If the youngster impresses in France, the interest from big European clubs is only likely to increase. Being tipped to be the “new Thiago Silva”, the pressure on Marquinhos is surely high. However, it remains interesting to see what the undoubtedly talented 19-year-old can do alongside his idol in PSG, who without a question have a diamond in their hands.
Written by Jen Evelyn