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You may not think it to look at his slight frame, but Gustavo is one of the most tenacious holding midfielders around, a quality his new national boss values. Dunga previously used the more physically intimidating Felipe Melo, to ultimately disastrous consequences following his dismissal against Holland, in the 2010 World Cup, and Gustavo's role in the new coach's formation is one of vital importance.
Strong in the tackle and a quick distributor of the ball, the Wolfsburg enforcer averaged close to 50 passes a game during the 2013/14 season, as per WhoScored, and he is allegedly being lined up by Champions League winners Real Madrid, as reported by Goal.com's Adrian Boullosa.
Sitting in front of the back four, should Brazil use a floating quarter upfront rather than a target man, as Dunga's squad selection suggests, Gustavo's ability to move the ball from back to front at speed will be key.
At 27, he could well feature at the next World Cup in Russia. He has the potential to be one of Dunga's most powerful weapons.