Brazil World Cup villain and Premier League flop Jo is in danger of going off the rails at Atletico Mineiro according to the player’s father.
Signed by Manchester City for £19 million back in July 2008, it’s fair to say that a return of just one Premier League goal in 21 top-flight outings for the Sky Blues is enough to put the player in the category of flop at the Etihad.
But it was a slightly different story at Everton with the Toffees recruiting the Brazilian on a half-season loan in February 2009 that saw the striker enjoy something of a return to form with five goals in 12 league games for the Merseysiders.
Subsequently recruited on a season-long loan by the Goodison Park club the following year, Jo’s second stint at the club was less successful, with no goals scored in 15 games and reports of a poor attitude in training.
Things came to a head when Jo decided to travel back to Brazil for Christmas without the permission of manager David Moyes, with Everton subsequently suspending the player for a breach of conduct that ultimately resulted in the termination of his loan deal.
A nomadic few years followed before Jo re-established himself back in his homeland at current club Atletico Mineiro, where his goals helped the team capture a first-ever Copa Libertadores back in 2013.
But after a series of disappointing appearances for Brazil at the World Cup, coupled with some poor form for Atletico which has seen his score just six goals in 36 league outings, the striker – who is still just 27 – has found himself relegated to the reserve side.
And it would appear that many of the bad habits associated with top-level Brazilian stars like Ronaldinho and Ronaldo have reared their ugly head again.
According to a report published by Globoe Sporte, the father of the former City and Everton man has urged his son "to be careful" otherwise his career could soon "be equal to that of Adriano."
The name of the former Inter Milan star has become synonymous with the dangerous excesses that can something consume talented footballers like the one-time Serie A hitman.
Once touted as a future Chelsea star, Adriano Leite Ribeiro has suffered problems with alcohol and his weight in recent years and while still just 32 has played just nine games in the last four years, having been released by clubs like AS Roma, Corinthians and Atletico Paranaense after failing to turn up for training.
With Jo reportedly indulging in various night-time activities that have seen him also skip such duties, the young striker would be wise to heed the warning of his father.