PSG manager Thomas Tuchel loves Fabinho.
The German was discussing how he wanted to buy a holding midfielder for his club this summer, but didn’t manage to and instead is adapting Marquinhos to the position.
While doing so, Tuchel named Fabinho alongside three of the world’s best anchormen in describing the kind of player he really wanted.
“Marquinhos is very different to Giovani [Lo Celso],” Tuchel told ESPN. “He has the qualities we are looking for — he is fast and strong in his head.
“A player who sacrifices himself willingly is really important. We see that with players like [Real Madrid’s] Casemiro, [Liverpool’s] Fabinho, [Chelsea’s] N’Golo Kante and [Barcelona’s] Sergio Busquets — this is what sets this position apart.
“I think that Marquinhos has a lot of the qualities that make his predestined to play in this role.”
Fabinho still hasn’t made his official debut under Jurgen Klopp, with the manager preferring to fully teach the 24-year-old his tactical demands before throwing him in at the deep end.
Surely we’ll see the former AS Monaco midfielder in September though, with a run of difficult fixtures on the horizon following this incredibly irritating international break.
We reckon Fabinho could get his full debut against Chelsea in the EFL Cup, but could feature off the bench before then.