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Brazilian starlet Neymar has emerged as the country's best young talent, and been touted as "the next Pelé". Although only 19 years of age, the Santos forward has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid.
With the end of the summer transfer window fast approaching, Neymar will most likely stay in Brazil until January. Santos want to keep their star forward until the New Year, as they will be taking part in December's FIFA Club World Cup. Neymar will play in the tournament, and then join Madrid in January.
Although the Brazilian has the talent and potential to become one of the best forwards in football, he will struggle in his first season with Los Blancos. Mourinho uses a 4-2-3-1 formation, which puts Neymar in direct competition with Ronaldo and Di María for the two wing positions. The Portuguese tactician will not play the Brazilian as a lone striker, especially with Benzema and Higuaín in the first-team squad.
Neymar is an exceptionally gifted footballer, but he will not displace Di María in the starting XI. With Ronaldo on the left, Mourinho prefers the Argentine on the opposite flank for his work-rate and blistering pace. Di María gets forward well, but he also tracks back defensively in support of Sergio Ramos. If Neymar were to start on the right flank, Madrid would have two strictly attack-minded wingers.
Starting Ronaldo and Neymar together would go against Mourinho's pragmatic approach. The Portuguese tactician would not start the two wingers, Benzema and Özil on a consistent basis. Mourinho would prefer to have an industrious right-winger like Di María, which would balance Ronaldo's attacking mentality down the left flank.
Neymar has been a great goalscorer for Santos, but he will not enjoy similar success in La Liga. The Brazilian noticeably struggled in the 2011 Copa América when matched up against world-class opposition. He was more focused on beating defenders with a clever trick than finding the back of the net.
Di María had a solid debut season for Madrid, and Mourinho will be expecting much of the same this year. He may not be a prolific goalscoring winger, but the Argentine provides genuine width down the right flank. Although Neymar will give Madrid another dynamic attacking option in the final third, Di María will keep his regular place in Mourinho's starting XI.
The young Brazilian will be a great player for Madrid in the future. However, he will have to adapt to Mourinho's style and system. Neymar will join Los Blancos in January, but he will fail to make an impact.