The current West Ham midfielder, born in Rio de Janeiro, has established himself as a player with consistent level in European football. Yet, many don’t seem to appreciate his unique and valuable contributions to the teams he has played for. His role is unfortunately often overseen. Paquetá is a player that tends to strive as an advanced midfielder in a three-man midfield, as this formation allows him to contribute with his flexibility and adaptability to the different game scenarios. This World Cup has proven that Paquetá is a top player in the midfield. Let’s dive deeper into the analysis understand such statement.
Despite being very efficient when performing his defensive role, Paqueta excels when attacking. He tends to feel comfortable with opposition pressure which then allows him to play with more ease of flow and progress the team attack. His ability and dynamism allows him to adapt his positioning to offer continuity or progression to then find better located teammates, leading to the creation of dangerous chances through efficient passing.
In more detail, Paquetá become the creator for his teammates in order to control the circulation and flow of the ball in the attacking phase. One of his biggest strengths is becoming always available to offer continuity supports to his teammates or receive passes in between opponent lines. He operates within the lines hoping to receive the ball from deeper areas of the pitch. His high levels of awareness of space and opposition allows him to become free in order to open a passing lane.
This can be perfectly seen below, where Paquetá is always available for his teammates during the whole attack, adapting his positioning multiple times based on the ball holder’s situation, to be able to offer the best support to help the team progress. Paquetá shuffles through different sections of the pitch to be the best option and to become the motor of the team when attacking. His movements are crucial Brazil, as he is always present in the team progression, assisting the team flow.