Djalma has struggled to find a regular first team place at Porto since making his move from Maritimo, where he was a star performer, but it appears that he's finally found a place under manager Vítor Pereira. Struggling without the departed Radamel Falcao, Pereira made a change to his team in November, moving Hulk inside from a right forward position. This has opened up an opportunity for Djalma, who is finally getting playing time for the Dragons.
His national side, Angola, have drawn a difficult group in the Africa Cup of Nations and will need spectacular performances from their forwards to progress, considering the lack of depth in the rest of their team and the quality of their opponents. Cote D'Ivoire are the obvious Group B favorites, but Angola will also struggle to get past Burkina Faso, who are very deep and talented throughout their roster.
Manager Lito Vidigal has used a number of different formations, while Djalma has played multiple roles for Angola, so it's tough to put him into a set position. He could play as a striker, a right forward, a right midfielder or a No. 10 depending on how the team sets up. Expect to see much less of -- if not none of -- Angola playing with three at the back than in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
Djalma's most likely role is on the right side of a 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 formation. The team has too much talent up top and too little talent in the center of midfield to do anything but play two strikers, which might lead to Djalma having more defensive responsibility in this tournament than he does for Porto, but his main role will be to create chances for his teammates from the right wing. Flavio and Manucho are good finishers with very good scoring records. They just need players like Djalma and the likely left-wing starter Gilberto to get them the ball.
National Team: Angola
Club Team: FC Porto (Portugal)