No one truly knows what happened to Brazil. The loss of Neymar is obviously one of the factors leading to the failure, but could there be another reason for their failure? Three names that stick out to me that could have made an immediate and deep impact for Brazil are Lucas Moura, Ganso and Alexandre Pato.
Brazil’s roster is not as deep as many are led to believe. Outside of the starting eleven, Brazil does not have any one that is reliable. Fred, Hulk and many others have been absolutely ineffective, and without Neymar on the field, Brazil does not provide a viable threat. It has been painful to watch Brazil play and try to compensate for the absence of Neymar. Obviously no one on this year’s roster can even come close to the performances that Neymar provides for Brazil. However, if Moura, Ganso and Pato were selected over Jo, Luiz Gustavo and Hernanes, then Brazil may have been able to keep pace with Neymar off the field.
Pato, 24, Ganso, 24 and Moura, 21, are immediate upgrades to the Brazilian roster and are lethal weapons when combined on the field. Pato has ten goals in 27 international appearances, Ganso has eight international appearances and Moura has four goals in 31 international appearances. Outside of Ganso, Moura and Pato have had their share of international experience.
Luiz Felipe Scolari made the mistake of not selecting these three talented soccer players and it clearly came back to haunt him. Now clearly, we have no idea what would have happened if these three were actually selected, but I simply believe each one of those players would have been an upgrade for the Brazilian team and would have propelled Brazil into the championship game, maybe.