West Ham told to forget £30m-rated 'disaster' - expert
West Ham should not buy “spoilt” Gabriel Barbosa due to concerns over his quality and “emotional intelligence”, Tim Vickery has told TalkSport.
Speaking to Hawsbee and Jacobs, Vickery warned that the man nicknamed “Gabigol” would not work well with David Moyes, likening him to departed Hammer Felipe Anderson, amid speculation the London club are in talks to sign the Brazilian this month [Fabrizio Romano, 5 January].
The South American football expert also heaped doubt on the Brazilian’s ability, citing his failed moves to Inter and Benfica, as well as his performances at international level and in the Club World Cup against Liverpool.
Vickery said: “He’s 25 already, he had one go already in Europe with Inter Milan and Benfica, and it was an absolute disaster.
“People spoke very badly of him, if he was chocolate he would eat himself, he swanned around like he was Pretty Boy Floyd.”
He went on: “You just can’t imagine him working with David Moyes. He is king of the castle, he throws strops when he is substituted – he ain’t going to be able to behave like that with David Moyes.”
“He has problems with his emotional intelligence, although he is getting better. He is all left foot and he has never done it at the highest level. When he played Liverpool in that World Club Cup Final a couple of years ago now, Van Dijk just put him in his pocket.”
West Ham have spread the goals around this season with Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma leading the scoring charts with nine and eight goals respectively.
And it seems like the Hammers have been looking for an out and out goalscorer for years now without success.
But it is hard to escape the view that a pricey move for Barbosa would be a big risk for West Ham.
Even Sebastien Haller, who is breaking records in the Champions League this season with Ajax, ended up a big-money flop at the Olympic Stadium, so a move for Barbosa seems like asking for trouble.
For Vickery to have such a strong negative opinion of the player, despite admitting he is a “king in Brazilian football” speaks volumes.
David Moyes is not going to indulge the personality that has been described and there is no indication that it would be worth getting into that situation, considering the front-man’s output outside of Brazil.
In other West Ham news, this Premier League star has been warned off a move to the Irons.