With the investment of John Textor, Botafogo is set to be a hero in the next transfer window. In this sense, the club has already projected and forwarded a contract for 2023. This is midfielder Marlon Freitas, who has been the highlight of Atletico-Go over the past three seasons.
To analyze the athlete’s moment and characteristics, Lance! Spoke with Arthur Barcelos of Radio Sagres and TV Serra Dorada, an affiliate of SBT in Goiânia. Journalist highlights the leadership power of Marlon Freitas in Dragao.
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Marlon’s main feature at Atletico is his technical and practical leadership. He has a great lead on the team, and that goes a lot through his heroism off the ball and into the making of plays. Decisive passes almost always belong to him, whether it’s a game reversal, a long pass, a ball pass and even an assist, a final pass – he added, and modified:
Defensively, he improved his average slightly in tackles and interceptions, but he is generally a player who doesn’t stand out for having good defensive numbers. Another problem is the behavioral part, because sometimes he loses his balance a bit and gets agitated – he said.
Appearing in the basic categories of Fluminense, Marlon Freitas played 27 matches with the tricolor shirt, but was unable to establish himself. He also had spells in STK Samorin, from Slovakia, in FL Strikers, from USA, and at Chrysima and Botafogo-SP.
But it was at Atlético-Go, from 2020, that the player started his career. Wearing a red-black shirt, the midfielder has played in 135 games, scoring 12 goals and 16 assists. The numbers reflect the athlete’s importance in Goas’ midfield, but according to Arthur Barcelos, it could still improve if he finishes more.
– Technically/tactically, he may not have a bit of a presence in the finishing zone as he is a good shooting and decision making player, but he is also very important behind the ball at Atletico – he emphasized.
Arthur reports that Marlon Freitas could be adapted to Rio de Janeiro, where he was born, and could become one of the faces of Botafogo’s new project. The steering wheel has the virtue of setting itself up and being important in this rebuild.
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In the season, according to “Footstats”, Marlon is the athlete with the most assists for the Dragon (3 overall). He also leads the team in number of correct passes, game turns and tackles, being Atletico’s midfield exponent.
– I also thought that Marlon would make a big jump from Botafogo’s level today, in a team that is already in the Libertadores. But apparently, through new management, Botafogo has been able to return to that level and Marlon could also be one of the faces of the project. I also imagine that he sees it the same way, except being Ryo, where he grew up – he pointed out, and then added:
– He has always been highly respected by Atletico fans for his leadership and involvement in some of the team’s defining moments in recent years, but recently he has been blamed for one mistake or another. But that was just one part, the vast majority loved him very much, and he would be a difficult person to replace, not only on the pitch, but also on the offs. He was probably the best player in Goya football since coming to Atletico. There was no continuity in any of these three years – he concluded.