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.
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?
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.
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.
|20/21||Aug 25, 2020||Iwate Grulla M.||Vasalund||€600Th.||free transfer|
|19/20||Jan 9, 2020||Linköping City||Iwate Grulla M.||€750Th.||?|
|18/19||Apr 4, 2019||Cascavel-PR||Linköping City||€750Th.||free transfer|
|18/19||Jan 17, 2019||Without Club||Cascavel-PR||€750Th.||–|
|18/19||Nov 23, 2018||Ferroviária||Without Club||€750Th.||–|
|18/19||Sep 3, 2018||América FC (TO)||Ferroviária||€750Th.||?|
|17/18||Mar 8, 2018||Resende||América FC (TO)||€750Th.||?|
|17/18||Dec 12, 2017||Without Club||Resende||€750Th.||–|
|17/18||Jul 1, 2017||Fluminense||Without Club||€750Th.||–|
|16/17||Dec 31, 2016||América-MG||Fluminense||€750Th.||End of loan|
|16/17||Jul 22, 2016||Fluminense||América-MG||€750Th.||loan transfer|
|15/16||Jun 30, 2016||Estoril Praia||Fluminense||€750Th.||End of loan|
|15/16||Dec 17, 2015||Fluminense||Estoril Praia||€750Th.||loan transfer|
|14/15||Dec 31, 2014||Criciúma EC||Fluminense||€200Th.||End of loan|
|14/15||Jul 5, 2014||Fluminense||Criciúma EC||€200Th.||loan transfer|
|12/13||Jan 1, 2013||Fluminense U20||Fluminense||–|
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.