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Michael Vinicius: What do we know about Kotoko’s Brazilian striker?

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko have announced the signing of former Fluminese player and Brazilian international Michael Vinicius on a two-and half year.

Michael Vinicius will now become the second Brazilian in the camp of the Porcupine Warriors, with Fabio Gama joining the club before the start of the new season.

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Gama has hit the ground running and has had some incredible fixtures which has propelled Kotoko into fourth position in the Ghana Premier League.

Michael Vinicius will be expected to fill in the gap left by Kwame Opoku who left the Porcupine Warriors following the conclusion of the first round.

The Brazilian will now be expected to fire Kotoko to glory when the league resumes next month, but what does the stats say about the him?

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Michael Vinicius: What does the stats say?

Kotoko’s new striker was born as Michael Vinicius Silva de Morais on Apr 19, 1993 in São Francisco de Sales (Brazil) and plays as a centre forward.

At age 27, Michael Vinicius has already featured for a host of clubs in his native country as well as other parts of Europe.

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In 2013, he was promoted from the U20 side of Fluminese into the first team where he made 11 appearances and scored just a goal before departing for Criciúma  on loan in the 2014/2015 season.

At Criciúma he made just three appearances but with no goal. The loan deal at Criciúma began a string of loan deals for the player.

His most productive season as a player, however, came in 2019 when he notched 14 goals in 19 appearances for Linköping City in Sweden.

Below is a table from Transfer Market detailing the transfer activity of Michael Vinicius Silva de Morais.

Season Date Left Joined MV Fee
20/21 Aug 25, 2020 Iwate Grulla Morioka Vasalunds IF €600Th. free transfer
19/20 Jan 9, 2020 FC Linköping City Iwate Grulla Morioka €750Th. ?
18/19 Apr 4, 2019 Cascavel Clube Recreativo (PR) FC Linköping City €750Th. free transfer
18/19 Jan 17, 2019 Without Club Cascavel Clube Recreativo (PR) €750Th.
18/19 Nov 23, 2018 Associação Ferroviária de Esportes (SP) Without Club €750Th.
18/19 Sep 3, 2018 América Futebol Clube (Teófilo Otoni) Associação Ferroviária de Esportes (SP) €750Th. ?
17/18 Mar 8, 2018 Resende Futebol Clube (RJ) América Futebol Clube (Teófilo Otoni) €750Th. ?
17/18 Dec 12, 2017 Without Club Resende Futebol Clube (RJ) €750Th.
17/18 Jul 1, 2017 Fluminense Football Club Without Club €750Th.
16/17 Dec 31, 2016 América Futebol Clube (MG) Fluminense Football Club €750Th. End of loan
16/17 Jul 22, 2016 Fluminense Football Club América Futebol Clube (MG) €750Th. loan transfer
15/16 Jun 30, 2016 GD Estoril Praia Fluminense Football Club €750Th. End of loan
15/16 Dec 17, 2015 Fluminense Football Club GD Estoril Praia €750Th. loan transfer
14/15 Dec 31, 2014 Criciúma Esporte Clube Fluminense Football Club €200Th. End of loan
14/15 Jul 5, 2014 Fluminense Football Club Criciúma Esporte Clube €200Th. loan transfer
12/13 Jan 1, 2013 Fluminense Football Club U20 Fluminense Football Club

Style of play

With a height of 1.86m, Michael loves to play as a traditional centre forward who is comfortable in the box and on some occasions outside it.

The player has a good foot and can shoot afar with his right foot from distance while his aerial prowess means he can also score from set pieces, as shown in the video below.

He will likely be a perfect replacement for Opoku who also loved to use strength to get away from opposition defenders and shoot whenever there is an opportunity.

Michael will also benefit from the crosses that will be put in by the likes of Moro Ibrahim and Christopher Nettey from the flanks.

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