Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has revealed the positional change Brazil star Neymar should make if he is to cause maximum damage to opposition defences.
Neymar has shown plenty of flashes of brilliance so far at the World Cup, although he has failed to consistently produce the type of form that persuaded French side PSG to pay Barcelona £200 million for his services last summer.
Neville reckons the reason Brazil’s Golden Boy has not be at his very best is due to the fact he keeps dropping deep to collect the ball instead of staying further up the pitch where he is more likely to cause havoc to his sides opponents:
“Neymar’s playing 20 yards too deep,” Neville said on ITV.
“When I think of him for Barcelona, one of the Barcelona mantras is the discipline in your attacking position and your starting position. High, right on the last defender.
“He’s coming so close to his left-back.
“He’s being picked up by the right-sided midfield player of Serbia and he’s making it easy for them.
“But then he can produce a pass, he can produce a moment.
“But, you’d like to see him 25-30 yards higher.”
Neymar will have another chance to shine when Brazil face Mexico in the last 16 next Monday.