After fourteen teams of the week this season, we reach the midseason break and so here is the Golazo ideal XI of the 2016/17 season so far. All stats come courtesy of WhoScored.com, who also provide previews and live in-play match stats for all Primera matches. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it….
GK: Jorge Broun || Colón
Colón’s form tailed off towards the end of the year but any earlier success was built upon a sturdy defence and Jorge Broun was central to that. Seven clean sheets in the first nine rounds was an impressive start and El Sabalero still boast one of the best defensive records.
Honourable mentions: Luciano Pocrnjic & Martín Campaña
RB: Luis Advíncula || Newell’s Old Boys
The Peruvian international was outstanding as Newell’s enjoyed a superb first half of the season. Advíncula stuck to his tasks defensively but more importantly provided genuine width, pace and an attacking outlet down the right. With boundless energy, the 26-year-old was always overlapping to get balls into the box.
Honourable mentions: Gino Peruzzi & Leonel Di Plácido
CB: Jonathan Schunke || Estudiantes
For the majority of the season, Estudiantes were the team to beat and it took until round six for Nelson Vivas’ side to even concede a goal. Jonathan Schunke was the man at the centre of the defence and the 29-year-old’s no nonsense approach made El Pincha a formidable back line to breach.
Honourable mentions: Alexander Barboza & Manuel Guanini
CB: Germán Conti || Colón
Germán Conti has looked a very accomplished defender for sometime now and it’s surely only a matter of time before Colón are no longer able to keep hold of him. The lanky 22-year-old averaged 5.3 clearances per match and provided an aeriel threat at the other end from set-pieces.
Honourable mention: Carlos Rodríguez
LB: Frank Fabra || Boca Juniors
It wasn’t entirely clear who would be Boca Juniors first choice left back at the start of the season but Colombian Frank Fabra held off the competition of Jonathan Silva to make the position his own. With a goal and an assist, Fabra was a wonderful attacking option for Guillermo Barros Schelotto and it’s little surprise to see European clubs now sniffing around the 25-year-old.
Honourable mentions: Nicolás Tagliafico & Ian Escobar
CM: Fernando Belluschi || San Lorenzo
Without question one of the most consistent performers in the Primera, Fernando Belluschi makes San Lorenzo tick and when he isn’t available, Diego Aguirre’s side look worse for it. Four goals and three assists in the league, the 33-year-old was a creative force and very few players made more key passes per match.
Honourable mention: Alexis Castro
CM: Pablo Pérez || Boca Juniors
Despite being something of a yellow card magnet, Pablo Pérez provides some much needed balance to Boca Juniors’ midfield and has helped provide the platform for the likes of Carlos Tevez and Cristian Pavón to attack. One of the Primera’s midfielders to have completed the most passes, Pérez breaks up play but moves the ball forward swiftly to utilise Boca’s pace.
Honourable mentions: Santiago Ascacibar & Facundo Quignon
AM: Carlos Tevez || Boca Juniors
No player created more chances than Carlos Tevez and although Guillermo Barros Schelotto dropping the 32-year-old deeper may have meant he scored only five times, Tevez led the league stats with seven assists. The match winning display in the superclásico will live long in the memory for Boca supporters and provided Tevez with his parting gift before the big-money move to China.
Honourable mention: Walter Erviti
FW: Martín Cauteruccio || San Lorenzo
Martín Cauteruccio has been something of a fringe player for San Lorenzo for a while but the Uruguayan really came to the fore this season and his nine goals puts him only behind Seba Driussi in the scoring charts. Diego Aguirre has used Cauteruccio in a number of roles, whether it be up front or out wide but the 29-year-old was excellent in whichever position.
Honourable mention: Cristian Pavón
CF: Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
Once Darío Benedetto found his feet with Boca, there was no stopping him. The 26-year-old scored seven goals in only eight starts and provided Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side with a real cutting edge. A superb finisher capable of the absolutely spectacular, Benedetto is said to have rejected some big offers from the United States.
Honourable mentions: Lisandro López & Ignacio Scocco
FW: Sebastián Driussi || River Plate
It’s been a pretty meteoric rise from River squad player to the Primera’s most dangerous striker for Sebastián Driussi over the past few months. Wasted out on the left while he gained first team experience, the 20-year-old has scored ten league goals and looked every inch the natural front man when partnering Lucas Alario this season.
Honourable mentions: Marcos Acuña & Sebastián Blanco